Phil Foden has admitted he will happily claim the two goals attributed to him during the 4-1 Premier League victory over Brighton and Hove Albion.

Both of the 21-year-old’s goals at the AMEX Stadium seemed contentious, the first a sliding finish under pressure from Dan Burn, which initially looked like an own-goal to put City 2-0 up just before the half-hour mark.


Two minutes later, Foden‘s name was on the scoresheet again, this time after Gabriel Jesus‘ fierce strike deflected off the Englishman and beyond Robert Sanchez.

Despite the nature of the goals, Foden was delighted and revealed he will claim goals however they come.

“The second goal kind of hit me on the way in. I take them all however they come! I don’t think Jesus realised, I had to tell him that it hit me on the way in when we were celebrating,” he said.

“I thought from the start we looked very good in possession, we controlled the game. Sometimes at 3-0 up you can drop your level. We’re a bit disappointed with the second half but we dug in and got the win and only conceded the one goal.


“On another day I could have scored three but the main thing is the result. I’m happy we got the result.

“We’re in a good run of form but we want to keep going now for the next games and keep the level.”

Pep Guardiola deployed Foden as the central figure in a three-man attack on the South Coast and the playmaker is relishing playing the role.

“I’m enjoying it, I can drop deep when I want and pick the passes off. It’s a new role for me and all I can say is that i’m enjoying it.

“We change game to game, sometimes I stay higher up the pitch. We used the extra man really well when I dropped deep and it helped us control the game.”

The Man of the Match also left a classy message for City fan Guido De Pauw, who was attacked after City’s midweek victory over Brugge in Belgium.

“We’re all here for him, that’s why we wore those shirts of support during the warm up. We’re fighting with him.”