AFCB v BHAFC (15/9/17) | Match Preview

Brighton travel down the coast to face a Bournemouth side, who have yet to pick up their first points of the season.

Bournemouth Team News;

Junior Stanislas is out for the home side as too is Callum Wilson, but Ryan Fraser is expected to be in the side after an ankle injury sustained against Arsenal.

Last Time Out; AFC 3-0 AFCB

Bournemouth were defeated away at Arsenal 3-0; goals from Alexandre Lacazette and a Danny Welbeck double was good enough for the Gunners.

Top Scorer; Daniels, Fraser, Pugh (1)

Form; L, L, W, L, L

FACT; Just 3 clubs have started the season with 5 defeats in a row; Southampton, Sunderland and Portsmouth with the 2 latter clubs being relegated.

Brighton Team News;

Brighton expect to have Bruno back first, after being forced of injured in the win against West Brom, while Izzy Brown could be amongst the subs after returning to training during the week. Sam Baldock, Steve Sidwell and Gaetan Bong all remain out.

Last Time Out; BHAFC 3-1 WBAFC

Brighton secured their first Premier League win thanks to a brace from Pascal Gross and a Tomer Hemed header, while James Morrison pulled one back for the visitors.

Top Scorer; Gross (2)

Form; L, L, W, D, W

FACT; Gross has covered more ground than any other Premier League player on 2 different game weeks (Matchday 1 & Matchday 4).

Last Time We Met: BHAFC [0]-[2] AFCB (10/4/15);

Brighton were defeated by a promoted Bournemouth side 2-0 with goals from Yann Kermogant and Callum Wilson.

H-2-H;

Brighton have won 37 games of the 104 games played while the Cherries have won 39 times. Bournemouth are unbeaten in the last 6 meetings against the Albion (3D, 3L), with the last Brighton win coming back in 2008.

Bournemouth Likely Line-Up;

Begovic;

Smith, Ake, Mings, Cook, Daniels;

King, Arter, Gosling, Fraser;

Defoe;

Brighton Likely Line-Up;

Ryan;

Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Suttner;

Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, March;

Gross;

Hemed;

Prediction;

Bournemouth 1-1 Brighton

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BHAFC v WBAFC (9/9/17) | Match Review

Brighton & Hove Albion enjoyed their first top-flight win since 1983 after a superb performance against previously undefeated West Bromwich Albion at the Amex. Having waited 34 years for a top-flight goal, Seagulls fans celebrated two in three minutes either side of the break thanks to German midfielder Pascal Gross.

Chris Hughton had named the same starting XI that picked up a point at Watford last time out and Albion were on the front foot from the start, backed by a vociferous full house. Solly March had an early sight of goal but volleyed over. However, he was on target in the 12th minute when Ben Foster spilled his shot from outside the box and Shane Duffy swept it home, only for the goal to be ruled out for offside against the defender. Anthony Knockaert was next to try his luck from distance but Foster got behind his 25-yarder before the visitors threatened for the first time on 22 minutes when Gareth Barry, who started his career in Albion’s youth set-up, shot well over when a free kick broke to him on the edge of the box. Solid and well-organised, West Brom showed why they had started the season so well. Albion needed to be patient to open up spaces and they did so when a good move down the right ended with Dale Stephens clipping his effort over the bar. Maty Ryan was forced into his first save six minutes before the break when he pushed out Barry’s volley but Albion ended the half strongly. Knockaert hit one with his left foot a yard over the target before they deservedly broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time. March worked some space to cross from the left and Gross took a touch before firing low into the right-hand corner from six yards. The Amex erupted and Albion had a precious advantage. Two minutes after the break it was 2-0 – and Gross was again on target. Hemed did superbly to pick him out and, as West Brom’s defence retreated, the midfielder needed no invitation to let fly from 20 yards and his low shot flew past Foster into the bottom left-hand corner. Albion had their tails up and only some tremendous reflexes by Foster to keep out Duffy’s far post header denied them another goal in the 58th minute. Five minutes later, though, it was 3-0. Gross was the creator this time, whipping over a great cross at pace from the left. Hemed cleverly stole in front of his marker and his glancing header beat Foster at the near post. The visitors pushed men forward in an attempt to salvage something with Scotland international Oliver Burke a real danger down their right. They pulled one back in the 77th minute when their two substitutes combined with Burke heading a cross into the path of Morrison, who swept it home from close range, despite Duffy’s efforts to clear it off the line. It made the closing stages more fraught than they should have been for Albion fans and Ryan pulled off a good save in stoppage time to deny Morrison, but on the balance of play Albion richly deserved the three points.

Subs;                                                                          Subs;

Rosenior —> Bruno (62)                                       Gibbs —> Hegazy (57)

Murray —> Hemed (83)                                        Burke —> Rondon (57)

NO 3RD SUB USED                                                  Morrison —> Livermore (71)

BHAFC [3]-[1] WBAFC; Gross (45) (48), Hemed (63); Morrison (77);

Att; 30,381 (2,550 West Brom)

Albion MOTM; Gross

BHAFC v WBAFC (9/9/17) | Match Preview

Brighton welcome West Brom to the South Coast for their 2nd home match of the Premier League season, and will be hoping to score their first goal and claim their first win against the Baggies

West Brom Team News;

new summer signings Grzegorz Krychowiak and Kieran Gibbs are both available but lack match fitness, while Gareth McAuley is still sidelined and Hal Robson-Kanu is serving a suspension.

Last Time Out; WBA 1-1 SCFC;

West Brom were held to a draw by Stoke last time out; Jay Rodriguez gave the home side the lead before a defensive mix-up allowed Peter Crouch to steal a point for the Potters.

Top Scorer; Rodriguez (2)

Form; W, W, W, D

FACT; Have won just 3 times against newly promoted teams under Tony Pulis (W3, D7, L5)

Brighton Team News;

Brighton could have both Tomer Hemed and Glenn Murray back in the squad, while Steve Sidwell, Gaetan Bong, Sam Baldock and Beram Kayal all miss out.

Last Time Out; WFC 0-0 BHAFC;

Brighton claimed their first point in the Premier League after a 0-0 draw away at Watford. Miguel Britos was sent off during a match which Brighton dominated and might have claimed the 3 points.

Top Scorer; Tilley (1)

Form; L, L, W, D

FACT; Brighton could become the 4th team to fail to score in their opening 4 matches of the season. Swansea, Newcastle and Sheffield Wednesday are the others, but neither of them got relegated.

Last Time We Met: WBAFC [3]-[1] BHAFC (3/4/93);

Brighton were defeated in the last encounter against Albion;

H-2-H;

Brighton have won 4 of the 20 meetings between the 2 sides, while West Brom have won 9. Brighton have won 2 of the previous 3 meetings, both of which have been at home. There are goals in this fixture with at least 2 scored in each of the last 6 matches.

West Brom Likely Line-Up;

Foster;

Nyom, Dawson, Hegazy, Brunt;

Morrison, Livermore, Barry, Chadli;

Rodriguez;

Rondon;

Brighton Likely Line-Up;

Ryan;

Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Suttner;

Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, Izquierdo;

Gross;

Murray;

Prediction;

Brighton 1-1 West Brom

WFC v BHAFC (26/8/17) | Match Review

Brighton secured their first point of the Premier League, as they were held to a 0-0 draw away at 10 man Watford.

It was a match where Albion showed plenty of attacking endeavour, but lacked that final cutting edge against a ten-man Watford side that had Miguel Britos sent off in the first half. Chris Hughton made two changes to the starting line-up that lost to Leicester City on Saturday, as Anthony Knockaert and Tomer Hemed replaced Jamie Murphy and Glenn Murray. There was also a place on the bench for new club record signing Jose Izquierdo, who came on to make his Albion debut. Watford had an early chance to break the deadlock when Nathaniel Chalobah’s bullet header was cleared off the line by Lewis Dunk. Down at the other end, Knockaert came agonisingly close to opening the scoring for Albion, but his close-range strike cannoned back off the post. The Hornets were reduced to ten men midway through the half after Britos was shown a straight red card for a dangerous two-footed challenge on Knockaert. Marco Silva responded by bringing on Craig Cathcart for Nordin Amrabat to shore up his defence. Hughton’s men continued their bright start to the game and carved out multiple opportunities. Lewis Dunk was next to come close when his header flashed wide from Pascal Gross’s cross. Solly March then teed up Hemed inside the box, and the Israeli’s stretched effort came off the post. Brighton were getting joy down both flanks, with the March-Hemed combination almost reaping dividends again, but the Israeli could not get on the end of the winger’s cross. Albion pressed forward once again to try and take the lead before the break, but Hornets keeper Heurelho Gomes punched away Knockaert’s delivery. Brighton looked to continue their ascendancy after the break, as Markus Suttner’s first-time ball caused all sorts of problems in the Watford defence, but Kiko Fermenia got to the ball first ahead of Gross. Hemed again threatened to draw first blood in the match, but his first-time effort went inches wide of the right post. Another moment of controversy came shortly before the hour mark when Graham Scott gave an indirect free-kick for a high boot on Knockaert, despite contact having been made. Dunk’s subsequent set piece was blocked. Albion’s dominance continued, and March picked out Knockaert inside the box, but the Frenchman couldn’t beat Gomes with his header back across goal. Knockaert was the key protagonist again, but his low strike towards the bottom corner was pushed away by the Brazilian shot-stopper. Hughton then freshened up his options on the wings with the introduction of Izquierdo, who replaced Knockaert. The Colombian almost made it a debut to remember with a speculative shot that went just wide, but the points were shared in Hertfordshire.

Subs;

Amrabat —> Cathcart (28)

Cathcart —> Carrillo (47)

Gray —> Deeney (83)

WFC [0]-[0BHAFC; (24) Britos (RED)

Att; 20,181 (3,000 Brighton)

Albion MOTM; Dunk

WFC v BHAFC (26/8/17) | Match Preview

Brighton travel to Vicarage Road to face Watford in their 3rd game of the Premier League, still looking for their first points of the season.

Watford Team News;

Watford will be without Jose Holebas after he was sent off in midweek against Bristol City. They are also without a number of key players; Younes Kaboul, Daryl Janmaat, Roberto Pereyra and Mauro Zarate all miss the visit of the Seagulls.

Last Time Out;

Watford were defeated in the Carabao Cup by Bristol City, and the first PL team to be knocked out. After Etienne Capoue opened the scoring, City scored through Freddie Hinds, Bobby Reid, and Niclas Eliasson. Holebas was sent off between the 2nd and 3rd City goals, before Adrian Mariappa scored a consolation goal late on.

Top Scorer; Capoue (2)

Form; D, W, L

FACT; Andre Gray has scored in his previous 4 starts against the Seagulls.

Brighton Team News;

Brighton will have Jose Izquierdo available for the first time, after he received his international clearance during the week, although he is expected to be named as a sub. Anthony Knockaert is in line for his first PL start for the Seagulls, while Steve Sidwell is back after missing out last week’s loss at Leicester; Beram Kayal and Sam Baldock are both still unavailable.

Last Time Out;

Brighton progressed into the 3rd round of the Carabao Cup after beating Barnet, thanks to a early second half strike from 19 year old James Tilley; it was his first senior goal for the club.

Top Scorer; Tilley (1)

Form; L, L, W

FACT; Brighton have won just once in their last 30 top-flight away matches; the last win was at Swansea back in 1983.

Last Time We Met: BHAFC [0]-[2] WFC (25/4/15);

Brighton went down 2-0 to the Hornets, as they secured promotion back to the Premier League thanks to goals from Troy Deeney and Matej Vydra.

H-2-H;

Brighton have won 43 of the 110 games played between the 2 sides, with Watford winning 35 times. Watford are unbeaten against Brighton in the last 5 games, winning 3 of them, and Brighton’s last win against Saturdays opponents was back in 2012 at Vicarage Road.

Watford Likely Line-Up;

Gomes;

Britos, Kiko, Prodl, Mason;

Cleverly, Chalobah, Doucoure;

Amrabat, Gray, Richardlison;

Brighton Likely Line-Up;

Ryan;

Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Suttner;

Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, Murphy;

Gross;

Murray;

Prediction;

Watford 1-1 Brighton

 

BHAFC v BFC (22/8/17) | EFL Cup 2nd Round Match Review

Brighton recorded their first win of the new season, as the progressed to the 3rd round of the EFL Cup, after a slender 1-0 win against a dogged Barnet side.

As anticipated, boss Chris Hughton made 11 changes to the side beaten by Leicester City on Saturday. The most eye-catching name in the starting line-up was 18-year-old midfielder Jayson Molumby, who was neat and tidy in possession throughout and involved in the goal. Albion predictably dominated possession early on, but their only chance in the opening third of the contest came after Richie Towell and Knockeart had combined nicely in midfield. Anthony Knockeart threaded a pass into the path of Tomer Hemed, but Ricardo Santos did enough to prevent it from testing former Whitehawk goalkeeper Craig Ross. Barnet were quick to funnel men behind the ball when the hosts threatened, but Albion should have scored in the 33rd minute. David Tutonda gave the ball away to Knockeart, who raced into the box and side-stepped a defender to make space but Ross blocked his shot with his left leg. Knockeart was booked for dissent as the teams left the field at the break and James Tilley replaced him at half-time in a double change, which saw Ales Mateju come on for Gaetan Bong to make his senior debut for the Seagulls. And it took just eight minutes for Tilley to make an impact. Skipper Liam Rosenior was found by Molumby’s inch-perfect pass, as he burst into the penalty area and when his shot was blocked, Tilley was on hand to volley it past Ross from ten yards. It was a deserved reward for a purposeful start to the second half by the Seagulls, but Barnet should have levelled three minutes later. Jack Taylor’s cross was met by a powerful header from Jamal Campbell-Ryce which Niki Maenpaa brilliantly parried. Ricardo Santos reacted quickest but could only find the side-netting with this close-range header. The visitors had responded impressively to going behind and went even closer in the 70th minute when Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro thudded a close-range effort against the post, with Uwe Huenemeier getting an important deflection on his effort. There was a special moment in the 75th minute when 17-year-old striker Aaron Connolly became the first player born in this century to represent the senior side when he replaced Hemed. Connolly had little chance to impress in the closing stages with Albion forced to protect their lead doggedly, as Barnet pushed more men forward, but thanks to Tilley’s composed finish they will be in the 3rd Round of the cup, and will face Bournemouth away; just 4 days after playing them in the Premier League.

Subs;                                                                          Subs;

Tilley —> Knockaert (46)                                     Akinola —> Campbell-Ryce (65)

Mateju —> Bong (46)                                            Amaluzor —> Coulthirst (71)

Connolly —> Hemed (76)                                     Bover —> Akpa-Akpro (76)

BHAFC [1]-[0] BFC; Tilley (53);

Att; 11,414 (678 Barnet)

Albion MOTM; Molumby

BHAFC v BFC (22/8/17) | EFL Cup 2nd Round Match Preview

Brighton will try and claim their first win of the new season, when they host Barnet in the 2nd round of the EFL Cup.

Barnet Team News;

John Akinde and Richard Brindley are still recovering from knocks received during pre-season and are unlikely to feature, while Elliot Johnson is out for most of the season with a serious knee injury.

Last Time Out;

Barnet were defeated 1-0 away to Crewe; a goal from Chris Porter in the 75th minute was enough to claim the 3 points.

Top Scorer; Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (2)

Form; D, W, W, L

Brighton Team News;

Brighton’s new club record signing Jose Izquierdo will not feature on Tuesday due to lack of match fitness, but Anthony Knockaert will start his first game of the season. new under 21 signings Soufyan Ahannach and Ales Mateju are likely to make their senior debuts. Chris Hughton is expected to make wholesome changes to give fringe players some game time; this includes Richie Towell, Niki Maenpaa and Rohan Ince.

Last Time Out;

Brighton fell to a 2nd successive 2-0 defeat at the hands of Leicester; goals from Shinji Okazaki and Harry Maguire were enough to seal the 3 points for the 2016 Premier League champions.

Top Scorer; N/A

Form; L, L

Last Time We Met: BHAFC [4]-[0] BFC (12/8/08);

Brighton coasted to a 4-0 win in the League Cup 1st round over a decade ago. A brace from Adam Virgo and goals from Nicky Forster and Matt Richards saw them safely through to the next round; where they played and beat Manchester City.

H-2-H;

Brighton have won 10 of the 17 meetings played between the sides, while Barnet have claimed victory 4 times. Brighton have won the last 5 games and have scored 12 in that time; the last 2 home games have seen Brighton put 4 past Barnet in each.

Barnet Likely Line-Up;

Stephens;

Taylor, Santos, Nelson, Clough, Tutonda;

Vilhelm, Campbell-Ryce, Weston;

Coulthirst, Akpa Akpro

Brighton Likely Line-Up;

Maenpaa;

Mateju, Goldson, Hunemeier, Bong;

Knockaert, Ince, Propper, Ahannach;

Towell;

Hemed;

Prediction;

Brighton 3-0 Barnet

LCFC v BHAFC (19/8/17) | Match Review

Brighton fell to a second defeat in as many games, after a 2-0 lose away at 2016 Premier League champions Leciester.

A big positive from the performance last Saturday was the tight rearguard action that kept the visitors at bay for 70 minutes, but it was an altogether different scenario against Leicester City, where the hosts were ahead inside the opening minute. Caught out by a trademark Foxes counter-attack, winger Riyad Mahrez cut in from the right flank and his low shot was parried by Albion keeper Maty Ryan. On hand inside the six-yard box was Shinji Okazaki, who reacted first to sweep home his second goal in two games. Lifted by their dream start, Jamie Vardy missed a good opportunity to extend the lead as the hosts continued to search for a second; but Albion managed to weather the storm and gradually got a foothold in the game with some tidy patterns of play. Indeed, Glenn Murray had the ball in the back of the net on 24 minutes when he let the ball drop over his shoulder before drilling past Kasper Schmeichel, but replays showed him a good yard offside when he met Solly March’s cross. Albion also had strong claims for a penalty soon after when Jamie Murphy’s drilled effort hit a combination of Wes Morgan’s arm and chest, but referee Lee Probert waved play on. Leicester, happy to play on the break, thought they had doubled their lead shortly before the interval when Vardy cut the ball back from the right-hand side of the box, but the onrushing Okazaki flashed his effort narrowly wide of the target. The Seagulls started the second half in the ascendancy, dominating possession while looking assured on the ball, but it was the Foxes who delivered a sucker-punch when Harry Maguire rose to head home a Mahrez corner with 54 minutes on the clock. Albion’s first opportunity of the half came eight minutes later when Murray failed to connect with a March cross, so to provide fresh attacking impetus, Chris Hughton sent on Anthony Knockaert, who received a rapturous reception from both sets of fans. The introduction of the Frenchman certainly triggered the Seagulls into a sustained spell of forward pressure, with fellow sub Tomer Hemed forcing a good save out of Schmeichel with a 20-yard effort. March also brought a save out of the Leicester keeper but, unfortunately, it was a bridge too far for the side to get anything out of the game. Albion will, however, take heart from the way they played in the second half as they continue their Premier League journey with a trip to Watford next on the agenda.

Subs;                                                                             Subs;

Slimani —> Okazaki (76)                                           Knockaert —> Gross (62)

Gray —> Vardy (90)                                                    Hemed —> Murray (66)

 

LCFC [2]-[0]BHAFC ; Okazaki (1), Maguire (54);

Att; 31,902 (3,300 Brighton)

Albion MOTM; March

LCFC v BHAFC (19/8/17) | Match Preview

Brighton travel to 2016 Premier League champions Leicester City for their first away Premier League match, and hoping to collect their first points.

Leicester Team News;

Leicester will be without Danny Drinkwater, Vicente Iborra, Robert Huth and Nampalys Mendy, while new signing Kelechi Iheanacho has visited a specialist for his toe injury, but could still feature.

Last Time Out; AFC 4-3 LCFC

Leicester fell to an opening day 4-3 defeat to Arsenal. After going behind from Alex Lacazette’s early opener, Shinji Okazaki and Jamie Vardy put the Foxes ahead. Danny Welbeck scored on the stroke of half-time to level the scores; but after the break Vardy restored the lead. 2 goals in 2 minutes at the end of the game from Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud saw the Gunners to victory.

Top Scorer; Jamie Vardy (2)

Form; L

FACT; Jamie Vardy has provided 19 assists since the start of the 2014/15 season, second to only James Milner among English players.

Brighton Team News;

Brighton will be without Izzy Brown, after the winger picked up a hamstring injury during last weekend’s defeat against Man City. Jose Izquierdo wont feature after signing for a club record fee, with Sam Baldock and Beram Kayal still sidelined.

Last Time Out; BHAFC 0-2 MCFC

Brighton were defeated in their opening game in the Premier League by Manchester City. After holding out the title favourites for 70 minutes, Sergio Aguero pounced on a defensive error to break the deadlock, before Lewis Dunk turned into his own net 5 minutes later

Top Scorer; N/A

Form; L

FACT; Midfielder Pascal Gross covered the most ground by any player during opening weekend (12.8km).

Last Time We Met: LCFC [1]-[4] BHAFC (8/4/14);

Brighton won comfortably last time the two sides met; goals from Stephen Ward, Jesse Lingard and a brace from current Foxes player Leo Ulloa put the Seagulls 4-0 up, with Gary Taylor-Fletcher netting a consolation goal.

H-2-H;

Brighton have won 13 of the 29 games played between the 2 sides, with the Foxes winning 11. Brighton have lost just once in the last 5 games and both have scored in the previous 3 meetings. Brighton’s record at Leicester isn’t too impressive though, winning just 5 of 15 games

Likely Line-Up;

Schmeichel;

Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs;

Albrighton, Ndidi, Amartey, Mahrez;

Vardy, Slimani;

Brighton Likely Line-Up;

Ryan,

Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Suttner;

Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, Murphy;

Gross;

Murray;

Prediction;

Leicester 1-1 Brighton

 

BHAFC v MCFC (12/8/17) | Match Review

It was spirited, it was gallant and it was all to play for until the closing stages of the game, but Brighton's Premier League debut ended in defeat at the hands of Manchester City. Pitted against the title favourites, who boast an array of world-class talent, it says much for the Seagulls’ endeavour that it took 70 minutes for the visitors to break the deadlock through Sergio Aguero, with a Lewis Dunk own goal putting the game out of reach soon after.

The pre-game statistics certainly made for interesting reading; the City starting line-up boasting 1,199 Premier League games between them, the Albion just seven. It really was a case of Chris Hughton’s men entering the unknown against a side who lived up to their pre-match billing, dominating possession and dictating the pace of the game. Inevitably, they created the first chance when Kyle Walker got to the byline, but his low cross was, uncharacteristically, miscued by Aguero. Gabriel Jesus also had joy down the right flank moments later, but Shane Duffy made a vital interception. Maty Ryan would have gained confidence having held on to a dipping Kevin de Bruyne free-kick, but with 77 per cent of the possession in the opening quarter of an hour, the tone was set: defence versus attack, and a test of how the Albion rearguard could handle whatever came their way. Chris Hughton was forced into a change in the 24th minute when Izzy Brown suffered a hamstring injury – to be replaced by Jamie Murphy – and although it was frustrating to see the Chelsea loanee leave the pitch after his promising start, it gave everyone in blue and white a chance to catch their breath. The pattern of play was restored soon after, however, and the ball was in the back of the Albion net on 27 minutes when Gabriel Jesus got in behind Lewis Dunk, only to use his hand to guide the ball past the Ryan. A collision with the Albion keeper left the Brazilian needing attention and to rub further salt into the wounds, he was cautioned by referee Michael Oliver for his actions. Jesus then had a guilt-edged chance to break the deadlock on 33 minutes when he connected with Aguero’s dinked cross, but Ryan pulled off a superb reflex save and the City striker then hit his rebound against the post. Yet Albion stood strong, stayed organised, and with Solly March willing to carry the ball from deep and Dale Stephens’ searching balls looking to hit the pace of runners Pascal Gross and Murphy, the game was scoreless at the break. Duffy, alongside Dunk, had a heroic opening half but an under-hit backpass by the Irishman shortly after the break let in Aguero, only for the City striker to screw his effort wide with just Ryan to beat. Albion immediately broke forward and a superb, pin-point cross from Markus Suttner was met by Davy Propper, but Danilo sent the ball out for a corner. The resulting centre ended with Duffy’s shot on the turn deflecting away for a corner, while Dunk’s low effort skimmed narrowly wide after Ederson had flapped at another ball into his six-yard box. City had appeals for a penalty waved away when De Bruyne’s shot struck the arm of Dunk; but the visitors were all smiles in the 70th minute when a sweeping move involving the Belgian and David Silva saw the ball fall into the path of Aguero, who swept home from close range. It was two soon after when Fernandinho crossed from the right for Jesus, only for Dunk to unfortunately steer his header past Ryan. It effectively ended the game as a contest but Albion would have taken plenty from the 90 minutes; they were in the game for long periods and will head to Leicester next weekend with plenty of heart.

Subs;                                                                          Subs;

Murphy —> Brown (24)                                         Sane —> Danilo (68)

Murray —> Hemed (60)                                          Sterling —> Jesus (78)

Knockaert —> March (77)                                      Bernardo Silva —> Aguero (83)

BHAFC [0]-[2] MCFC; Aguero (70), Dunk (75 O.G);

Att; 30,415 (3,025 Man City)

Albion MOTM; March