Phil Fodden scored the lone goal as Manchester City edged out Brighton 1-0 on Wednesday night to move to third in the English Premier League standings.
The 20-year-old struck home on the stroke of half-time, squeezing a shot near the right post from a Kevin de Bruyne pass and it proved decisive.
City controlled the match for long periods, taking a 71 percent possession at half time.
The match had a bright start from both teams, but it had to wait until the 14th minute for any meaningful atack, and it came from the hosts.
De Bruyne connected with a pass inside the box but failed to find the net, instead, shooting straight at Robert Sanchez in goal.
Pep Guardiola's side had two more chances to find the net just on the hour mark but were not able to beat Brighton's defense.
First, an indirect freekick in the 28th minute was saved, before De Bruyne had a goal-bound shot blocked inside the box.
The breakthrough however came in the 45th minute as Foden picked a well-taken pass from De Bruyne to easily beat Sanchez.
It was Foden's eighth goal of the season, which makes the club's highest top-scorer for the club so far.
The second period was a replica of the first, even though the visitors improved and troubled the hosts on a number of occasions.
Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan came close to adding a second on the hour mark, but could not find the target as Brighton stood firm.
The Seagulls though had the post to thank in the 60th minute after Bernado Silva pounced on a rebound inside the penalty box and tried to prod home but the ball cannoned off the left post.
City came back again in the 66th minute and this time it was Foden again who created some space and went on a mazy run and skipped past two defenders before unleashing a fierce shot which was expertly saved by Sanchez.
The hosts were then given the perfect chance to double their scores from the spot in the 92nnd minute after Sanchez committed a foul inside the box, but Raheem Sterling skied his effort.
The win saw City move to third on the table on 32 points, level with Liverpool and Leicester City, but have a match at hand.