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Man City Show Grit and Grind in a Hard-Earned Victory over Brighton

Cityzens return to winning ways.

Manchester City secured a hard-fought 2-1 victory against a spirited Brighton and Hove Albion side in the Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium. Defender John Stones and manager Pep Guardiola expressed their thoughts on the intense encounter.

Stones Reflects on an Arduous Battle

Speaking to Sky Sports following the game, John Stones underlined the challenges faced by Manchester City. "It was a difficult game, and I thought how we played in the first half was excellent. It was a different second half. We had to dig in and show our fighting spirit," Stones explained.

The match took on added significance for Manchester City, having faced three losses in their previous four games. Stones emphasized the importance of resilience and determination, stating, "We had lost three of our previous four games, so we knew we had to come out fighting. That fight and desire of not losing was massive for us. Everyone played their part."

Brighton and Hove Albion's distinctive style, marked by their ball-dominating approach, posed a challenge that Stones and his teammates had to confront. "How Brighton play - everyone can see how much they dominate with the ball. I felt great, really good. The manager always says give everything, and that's all you can do. I gave everything today," Stones added, highlighting their commitment to securing the win.

Guardiola Acknowledges Brighton's Quality

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola recognized the quality of the opposition, especially praising Jeremy Doku for his exceptional performance. "Brighton has incredible quality, and we had to suffer. Jeremy Doku played an exceptional game and helped us. He is clever with situations," Guardiola acknowledged.

The match saw Manchester City perform admirably for the majority of the encounter. Guardiola noted, "We played 55-60 minutes really, really good and had more and more chances to score." However, as Brighton mounted a late resurgence, Manchester City's defensive efforts were characterized by resolve and determination. Guardiola highlighted the collective defensive commitment, stating, "At the end, we defended with our heart."

One topic that wasn't overlooked was Manuel Akanji's red card incident. Guardiola pragmatically accepted the circumstances, stating, "We accept it [red card]. We know what happened. We accept it."

As the Premier League campaign progresses, City continue to be a formidable force, displaying their grit and determination in pursuit of success.

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