Match Of The (Mid)Week: Brighton & Hove Albion 2-2 Manchester City (Brighton Win 5-3 Penalties)

Some people danced in the car parks at the City of Manchester Stadium when the Abu Dhabi United group bought Manchester City. Some of their supporters were devastated. Many of the rest of us rolled our eyes and looked to the heavens. The reinvention of Manchester City might take some time to complete, and last night was stark evidence of this. Brighton & Hove Albion, on the other hand, remain something of a curate’s egg. They won two of their first three matches in League One, but have stumbled since then, with recent results including a 4-1 home thrashing at the hands of Scunthorpe United and a 1-0 defeat against Walsall, who managed to grab all three points at The Withdean Stadium in spite of having two players sent off. The warning signs for Brighton were ominous. Manchester City had warmed up for this match by beating Portsmouth 6-0 at the weekend. The result was the summation of a good start to the season, marred only by a home defeat by Chelsea and an away loss at Aston Villa. They made changes for this match but still put out a strong team, including Jo, Caspar Schmeichel and Richard Dunne. This, however, is Manchester City that we’re talking about here, and the hubris of the Manchester City supporters singing, “you only came for the CIty” was set to blow up...

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