Phil Foden's superb 44th minute shot secured a priceless Premier League win for City against an impressive and obdurate Brighton side at the Etihad.
The England international cut inside before dispatching a fine right-footed shot to deliver a fourth straight league win for Pep Guardiola's side - and seventh straight success in all competitions.
In a game played out in driving rain, City had to dig deep at times with Brighton belying their lowly league position.
But it was another deserved three points and moved us up into third place in the table with a precious game in hand.
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