Percy Tau got his first taste of Premier League football on Wednesday night as Brighton and Hove Albion lost 1-0 to Manchester City.
Tau made his Premier League debut for the Seagulls, while City recalled Ederson Moraes, John Stones and Oleksandr Zinchenko from the 3-0 win over Birmingham City.
Kevin De Bruyne seemed to give City the lead before the 20th minute spell after getting on the end of a flowing move in the area, but Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez got down on his knees to make a save.
Brighton managed to find openings following the closing period, as Leandro Trossard curled wide of the far post after a darting run before Sanchez parried a rasping shot from De Bruyne.
The Seagulls’ resolve fell apart a minute before halftime when Phil Foden managed to cut in from the left-side of the area to tuck into the bottom-corner.
City were under pressure early in the second half with a snap shot near the area from Davy Propper bringing Ederson to a firm save, as Brighton searched for the equaliser.
However, the Citizens should’ve doubled their lead towards 60 minutes when Ilkay Gundogan saw his low shot in the area palmed by Sanchez before Riyad Mahrez struck the follow-up onto the post.
Sanchez maintained ascendancy in goal minutes later, as he parried a close-range shot from Joao Cancelo before seeing out a curling attempt from De Bruyne.
Tau’s debut came to an end on 67 minutes as the Seagulls called on Neal Maupay in the hope of changing their fortunes up front.
Graham Potter’s side continued to find life difficult, as a foul by Sanchez on De Bruyne resulted in a penalty which Raheem Sterling skied over in stoppage time, as it ended 1-0 to the Manchester outfit.