Graham Potter was full of pride for his Brighton side after they fought back against a dominant Manchester City in the second half of their match.
The Seagulls took the game to the reigning Premier League champions after the break. They’d been very much against it in the opening 45 minutes as the visitors to the Amex Stadium raced into a 3-0 lead. But they didn’t let their heads drop.
Instead, they attacked intently and were awarded a well-earned penalty when Ederson mistimed a challenge on substitute Enock Mwepu, which was converted.
City manager Pep Guardiola admitted Brighton were far the better side during the period.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Brighton boss Potter said: “Fantastic performance wise, so proud of the players, playing against a top team that deserved to win, but the players gave everything.
“Of course it’s disappointing to lose. We have to say Manchester City were better but our performance was something to be proud of.
“We gave a cheap goal away, the first goal, and against this quality opposition it can be difficult.
“Then we made a couple of errors that got punished but the players didn’t feel sorry for themselves and up to the 85th minute they were fantastic.
“We ran out of steam a little but but we will take a lot from this game.”
The first goal the hosts conceded came from a defensive error from their useably reliably goalkeeper Robert Sanchez.
On the incident, Potter said: “I’ve not seen it back, but it is just one of those things.
“It wasn’t the best goal from our perspective but it happens.”
Unwanted record for Potter
The match was the fourth time Brighton have conceded four goals under Potter after City added another right at the death.
Despite this, the English manager was insistent the result had not dented his sides’s confidence.
“It’s not dented at all. I can’t be prouder of the team,” he said.
Potter added: “It’s not easy playing this type of opposition.”