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    Watford 1-2 Manchester City: Late goals secure City turnaround

    By Alex Easley
    Sergio Aguero's late header secured a 2-1 win for Manchester City at Watford on Saturday evening.
    Manchester City kept pace with the Premier League leaders as two goals in the last eight minutes saw them defeat Watford 2-1 at Vicarage Road on Saturday evening.

    Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero scored the goals that in the end overcame a very spirited Watford team who looked set to be the Citizens when Ben Watson’s corner was deflected into Joe Hart’s net by Aleksandar Kolarov after 55 minutes.

    The win, which was City’s first away victory since September, sees them move into third in the table, just three points behind leaders Arsenal.

    Watford, though, remain in ninth despite their second successive defeat for the first time since November.
    An exhausted Yaya Toure (right) celebrates his equalizer with a relieved Alkesander Kolarov (left).
    Manuel Pellegrini had named an unchanged line-up for the first time since August as he and City looked to stay in touch at the top of the Premier League.

    Arsenal’s victory at home to Newcastle earlier on in the afternoon meant City began the match six points behind the Gunners, but that did little to initially motivate the visitors as Watford’s prolific strike duo pressured a nervy City backline.

    Hornets captain Troy Deeney pounced on an Eliaquim Mangala error to put Odion Ighalo through on 10 minutes, but Nicholas Otamendi saved his defensive partner with a crucial block.

    Nigerian Ighallo then created an opportunity on his own a few minutes later, leaving Otamendi for dead in the box with a sublime piece of kill, but Hart was able to thwart the forward’s shot.

    City really struggled to penetrate the Watford defence, with the visitors being limited to strikes for long-range as Kevin de Bruyne’s dipping effort drew Heurelho Gomes into what seemed an awkward save on 19 minutes.

    Ighalo continued to pest Mangala, but City began to grow as the game wore on as Raheem Sterling missed a great chance to break the deadlock on 29 minutes.

    Allan Nyom was then booked for simulation after going down theatrically following Fernandinho’s challenge as the first half ended in somewhat timid fashion.

    It was the hosts that started the second half the brighter, with Watson drawing Hart into a low save with just two minutes gone.

    Fernandinho spurned the next chance of the game which turned out to be costly as Watford opened the scoring within 60 seconds.

    Mangala was forced into conceding a corner and Watson’s delivery was flicked in at the near-post by Kolarov past his teammate Hart.
    Ben Watson (left) celebrates after his corner was deflected into the goal
    French midfielder Etienne Capoue had the chance to wrap up all three points, but after bundling his was into the City box scooped the ball high over the bar with 11 minutes to go.

    That miss, along with the introduction of Wilfried Bony, on for Mangala, gave City hope and it paid off when Toure volleyed home De Bruyne’s corner eight minutes from time.
    Just two minutes and 36 seconds later City had completed a dramatic turnaround when Bacary Sagna’s superb cross from the right side was headed beyond Gomes by Aguero, sealing a very important win for Pellegrini’s side.

    TEAM LINE-UPS

    Watford: Gomes, Nyom, Cathcart, Britos, Holebas, Abdi, Capoue, Watson, Jurado, Ighalo, Deeney

    Used subs: Guedioura

    Man City: Hart, Sagna, Otamendi, Mangala, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Toure, De Bruyne, Silva, Sterling, Aguero

    Used subs: Bony, Jesus Navas, Demichelis

    MAN OF THE MATCH: Jose Holebas
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