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Neil Johnston

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  1. Farewell

    It's time to bid farewell. What a start to 2016. Two late goals in two minutes snatch victory from the jaws of defeat for Manchester City and leave Watford heartbroken. Many thanks for your company. 

  2. 'Feels good'

    Watford 1-2 Man City

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    Watford 1-2 Man City

    A reminder of what we have coming up on Sunday. Chelsea are in London derby action when they travel to Crystal Palace (13:30 GMT) for the early kick-off before Tottenham look to strengthen their top-four place at Everton (16:00 GMT).

  4. Next for Watford?

    Watford 1-2 Man City

    It's another home game for Watford next week when they entertain Newcastle in the third round of the FA Cup on 9 January before returning to Premier League action at Southampton on 13 January.

  5. Watford goal 'lucky'

    Watford 1-2 Man City

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini

    Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini tells BBC Sport: "It was important to we take some risks but we continued playing. Watford were just defending their goal. It was a lucky goal, it wasn't a corner and it was an own goal. We had two clear chances to score before that.

    "We had more possession, attempts and shots on target. We beat a difficult team and deserved the three points.

    "Aguero needs two to three games to return to his normal level of performance. The goal was important for him. Before that he made a lot of good moments. I'm sure we'll see in the second part of the season the performances we're used to from him."

  6. 'Difficult to accept'

    Watford 1-2 Man City

    Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores tells BBC Sport:

    "It was very difficult to accept. We played really well but we lost our concentration on a set-piece and gave them the opportunity to come back. I'm really pleased with our performance.

    "Against very big teams we have been unlucky. Every time we have been close to positive results. It's very difficult to explain to the players why we haven't won today - we did everything good. Ben Watson was perfect. Today is a very sad, the players deserved more.

    "Four months ago when we played Manchester City, we played to protect the team and not concede a lot of goals but today we played to win the match."

  7. 'We will learn from this'

    Watford 1-2 Man City


    Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores tells Sky Sports: "It's very hard to us. We played fantastic and in the last moments we lose the match.

    "We will learn the lesson for the future. The players deserved more. When we have played against amazing teams I have the feeling we have been unlucky. We need to eliminate this match [from our minds]."

  8. Next up for City?

    Man City have two cup ties to negotiate before they return to Premier League action at home to Everton on 13 January. They are away to the Toffees in the League Cup semi-final first leg on Wednesday before travelling to Norwich in the third round of the FA Cup on 9 January.

  9. 'We never give up'

    Watford 1-2 Man City


    Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini tells Sky Sports: "This team has a lot of character. We never give up. We continued trying to score, always thinking we are able to score.

    "We were losing 1-0 and had to take a risk. A draw was not good – we needed three points. It was a very close, tough game for both teams. Watford are in a good moment. But I think we deserved to win – more shots, shots on target and possession.

    "Sergio Aguero's goal is very important. I think he made a lot of better movement than the last games. 

    "We are not sending messages. It was important to end the six away games without a win. We want to go game by game."

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    Watford 1-2 Man City

  11. 'We deserved it'

    Watford 1-2 Man City


    Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho tells Sky Sports: “We have started very well in 2016 – the best way to start a new year is winning. We deserved it because we tried to score from the first minute.

    “I have a lot of confidence in my team. We tried to keep playing and never stopped.  Since September it’s our first away victory. Many games we played well but didn’t win. Football is like that.“

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    Watford 1-2 Man City

    Watford players look dejected

    Crushing disappointment for Watford. They gave City an almighty scare but are still well placed - ninth in the table after 20 matches. Quique Sanchez Flores will have settled for that at the start of the season.

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  14. 'We have to build on this'

    Watford 1-2 Man City

    Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart tells Sky Sports: “I thought it was our season to a tee when we were 1-0 down and looked like we were going nowhere.

    “Bacary Sagna deserves so much credit for what he’s done for us this season.

    “We have to build on this – we hadn’t won in six on the road. It’s not championship-winning form but we’re somehow still in it. We have all the big boys to come to us and some big cup games. We’re in a good place. We’re utilising our squad. We’re not where we want to be but we’re close.“

    Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart
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    Watford 1-2 Man City

    Yaya Toure and Nicolas Otamendi celebrate

    It wasn't pretty, at times they looked anything but champions, but City have managed to turn it around and have the points. 


    Watford 1-2 Man City

    Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores applauds fans
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    Watford 1-2 Man City

    The match is fizzling out in a flurry of free-kicks. Vincent Kompany has left his seat in the stand and is now in the tunnel. This has not been vintage City but they deserve credit for coming back to take three points.

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    Watford 1-2 Man City

    Will there be one last twist?

  19. CLOSE!

    Watford 1-2 Man City

    Four minutes of additional time. Watford are pouring bodies forward. Ighalo turns and belts one, Hart doesn't know much about it, but still manages to stops it.

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    Watford 1-2 Man City

    Two goals in two minutes and suddenly City move to within three points of Arsenal - unless there's one final twist.

  21. Aguero the hero

    Watford 1-2 Man City

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    Watford 1-2 Man City

    Watford's bench is a sea of slumped bodies. Manuel Pellegrini puffs out his cheeks on the opposition bench.

  23. Aguero completes stunning turnaround

    Watford 1-2 Man City

    Sergio Aguero celebrates

    Unbelievable drama as Sergio Aguero, who has been pretty quiet throughout, strikes after a wonderful cross by Bacary Sagna to turn the game on its head. Heartbreak for Watford.


    Sergio Aguero

    Sergio Aguero celebrates his goal
  25. Toure to City's rescue

    Watford 1-1 Man City

    Yaya Toure to City's rescue. It's a familiar story and the big man produces a stunning finish from Aleksandar Kolarov's corner to level it up.


    Yaya Toure

    Yaya Toure celebrates
  27. CLOSE!

    Watford 1-0 Man City

    Poor defending from City as Etienne Capoue rides one, two, and then a third challenge before skying the ball over the bar. Watford are going for the kill.

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  29. Post update

    Watford 1-0 Man City

    What is it with City when they venture out of Manchester? World-class players suddenly go into their shells. Another huge roar from the home fans as Kevin De Bruyne skies a cross out of play. 

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    Mark in Huddersfield, via text: "Very poor from City. Again. Clearly being carried by a small number of players. Otamendi £32m, Mangala £40m = waste of money."

    Tony Lamberhurst, via text: "Time for Bony to earn his corn. We need a striking partnership."

    James Marshall, via text: "Arsene Wenger must be enjoying his bubble and squeak. Potentially six points ahead of City tonight. Game over?"

    Jack in London, via text: "Watford for the title anyone?"


    Watford 1-0 Man City

    It's defender Eliaquim Mangala who makes way for striker Bony. Fifteen minutes and counting. 

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    Watford 1-0 Man City

    Movement on the City bench. It's Wilfried Bony time but who is coming off?

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    Watford 1-0 Man City

    Joe Hart of Manchester City

    City's last Premier League win away from the Etihad? 12 September at Crystal Palace.

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  35. Post update

    Watford 1-0 Man City

    Ben Watson in action with Manchester City's Yaya Toure

    Watford are 20 minutes away from a famous win. City are 20 minutes away from a damaging result.


    Watford 1-0 Man City

    City are throwing everything at this. Kevin De Bruyne exchanges passes with David Silva before forcing an excellent stop from Heurelho Gomes

  37. CLOSE!

    Watford 1-0 Man City

    A slick City move and the ball falls to Yaya Toure just inside the area. The big man takes aim and his first time shot...whistles over.

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    Watford 1-0 Man City

    Just to be clear, if Watford win then City will be six points behind leaders Arsenal.

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  40. Stat attack

    Watford 1-0 Man City

    Before today, Manchester City had won just one of their last 13 Premier League games that they have been behind in since 1 January 2015. That win was 6-1 v Newcastle in October.  

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    Watford 1-0 Man City

    Watford have their tails up. Brilliant from Almen Abdi as he dances past a couple of City players into a shooting area, but Odion Ighalo - of all people -  blocks it.


    Watford 1-0 Man City

    Manchester City's Jesus Navas in action

    City have looked anything but title contenders. Sergio Aguero has been anonymous but he is not the only one. Raheem Sterling is replaced by Jesus Navas as Manuel Pellegrini hunts an equaliser.

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  44. Post update

    Watford 1-0 Man City

    That was a terrific corner by Watson. Vicarage Road is bouncing and Man City are heading for their third Premier League away defeat in four games. 

  45. Hornets sting Man City

    Watford 1-0 Man City

    Ben Watson celebrates goal

    Well, well, well. City have been living dangerously and they fall behind as Ben Watson whips in a delicious corner which glances off the head of Aleksandar Kolarov and flashes past Joe Hart into the net. Worrying times for City.


    Kolarov (own goal)

    Aleksandar Kolarov looks dejected
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    Watford 0-0 Man City

    Eight minutes into the second half and City win their first corner. It's whipped in by David Silva and Fernandinho, totally unmarked, heads it over. That's a bad miss!

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    Watford 0-0 Man City

    City change coming up? Fernandinho looks like he has taken a knock and is hobbling.

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    Watford 0-0 Man City

    Allan-Romeo Nyom vies for the Ball with Manchester City's Raheem Sterling

    Watford have the momentum. Nyom wins a free-kick just outside the area after being hauled down by Raheem Sterling and Ben Watson swings it into the mix. Only a desperate clearance by Bacary Sagna prevents Troy Deeney from firing the hosts ahead.

  50. CLOSE!

    Watford 0-0 Man City

    Just as they did in the first half, Watford start the second with a spring in their step. Joe Hart is forced to turn a low attempt from Ben Watson behind for a corner. It was going wide but the City keeper wasn't taking any chances.

  51. KICK-OFF

    Watford 0-0 Man City

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini

    City need a goal otherwise they will be five points behind Arsenal if it stays goalless. We're back under way.

  52. Coton happy with scoreline

    Watford 0-0 Man City

    Retired goalkeeper Tony Coton, who played for both Watford and Manchester City, is the guest on the pitch at half-time.

  53. Where are the fireworks?

    Watford 0-0 Man City

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    Watford 0-0 Man City

    Not too many highlights to get Gary Lineker and the rest of the Match of the Day team excited about so far. However, that brilliant piece of skill when Odion Ighalo made a chance for himself on the edge of the City area is definitely worth a look later.


    Watford 0-0 Man City

    Troy Deeney
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    Watford 0-0 Man City

    Dying stages of the first half. Watford will be happy with this. They came flying out of the blocks before weathering a string of City attacks. One minute of additional time.

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    Watford 0-0 Man City

    Vincent Kompany is watching from the stands and the City captain, arms folded, looks unimpressed with what he has witnessed.

    We've seen very little of Sergio Aguero. Indeed, Opta inform us that so far the only outfield player to have had less touches than the City forward is Miguel Britos.

    Sergio Aguero

    Watford 0-0 Man City

    Nyom is all arms and legs. The Cameroon defender manages to break free inside the City area when he goes down under a Fernandinho challenge. Not only does the referee wave away Watford's appeals for a penalty, he shows a yellow card to Nyom. 

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    Watford 0-0 Man City

    Watford fans are on Raheem Sterling's back. Jeers break out whenever the former Liverpool player gets the ball. A huge roar breaks out as another dangerous City move breaks down when Sterling is dispossessed inside the Watford area. 

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    Watford 0-0 Man City

    Watford are trying to gather themselves after a real spell of threatening play by City. It's a lot quieter inside Vicarage Road than it was in the opening 15 minutes. The hosts have become sloppy and are giving the ball away too frequently. 

    Watford's Allan Nyom Reuters
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  62. CLOSE!

    Watford 0-0 Man City

    A lovely City move ends in Raheem Sterling ballooning high over the bar after Heurelho Gomes denies Fernandinho following a powerful run by David Silva. City have finally woken up.

    Raheem Sterling
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    Watford 0-0 Man City

    Terrific pass by Sergio Aguero sends David Silva darting into the Watford area but Miguel Britos is able to halt the Spaniard's run and Heurelho Gomes gathers.

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    Watford 0-0 Man City

    Those good people at Opta inform us that only Bournemouth and Stoke have scored more goals in the first 15 minutes of Premier League games this season than Watford.

    Having weathered an early Hornets storm, City have settled and are finally starting to play like title contenders.

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini
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    Watford 0-0 Man City

  66. CLOSE!

    Watford 0-0 Man City

    Respite for City after a wave of Watford attacks. 

    Kevin De Bruyne is 25 yards out and there looks to be nothing on. Bang...Heurelho Gomes is forced to scurry across his line to keep out the Belgian's low drive.

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    Watford 0-0 Man City

    How long can Watford keep hold of Ighalo?

    He's looking to score in his seventh successive Premier League match and the Nigerian international is already proving a real handful. Terrific start by Watford who really are a breath of fresh air to the Premier League.

    Manchester City's Nicolas Otamend and Watford's Odion Ighalo
  68. CLOSE!

    Watford 0-0 Man City

    Odion Ighalo is a wonderful talent. He turns Nicolas Otamendi as though the City defender is not there and makes space for a shot just inside the area which is saved by Joe Hart.

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    Watford 0-0 Man City

    Great tempo. It's lively and both teams are going for it. 

    Manchester City's David Silva
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    Watford 0-0 Man City

    Almost an opening for Odion Ighalo. The Watford forward is lightning quick but Nicolas Otamendi makes a vital challenge before any damage can be done.

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    Watford 0-0 Man City

    Raheem Sterling and Nyom get up close and personal as the latter ends up on top of the former following a meaty challenge. Sterling doesn't like it and gives his opponent a shove.

    Raheem Sterling of Manchester City
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    Watford 0-0 Man City

    First chance for City comes from Aleksandar Kolarov, who drills towards goal but it's tame and wide.

    Aleksandar Kolarov
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    Watford 0-0 Man City

    City, playing in their traditional blue and white, have not got going. Watford are bossing possession and working hard, roared on by a feverish home support.

  74. CLOSE!

    Watford 0-0 Man City

    It's been raining steadily in Watford and players are slipping and sliding all over the pitch. It's the hosts who have settled the quickest and Almen Abdi has the game's first shot in anger...Joe Hart is relieved to see it fizz wide.

  75. KICK-OFF

    Watford 0-0 Man City

    There's a yellow and black huddle in the middle of the pitch. Just time for last minute instructions and hand slapping. We're under way.

    Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores and Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini
  76. Countdown to kick-off

    Watford v Man City (17:30 GMT)

    Here come the teams. Z-Cars booming out of the speakers and yellow and black flags everywhere. 

  77. 'We're going to enjoy this'

    Watford v Man City (17:30 GMT)

    Five minutes to kick-off...

    Quote Message: We are always confident. We'll never underestimate City but we need to enjoy this experience. We will be ready. We have big challenges at both ends of the pitch, we must be focused. We know we're capable to play well in these games." from Quique Sanchez Flores Watford manager
    Quique Sanchez FloresWatford manager
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    Watford v Man City (17:30 GMT)

  79. Can City stop Ighalo?

    Watford v Man City (17:30 GMT)

    Jonathan Pearce

    BBC football commentator at Vicarage Road

    Odion Ighalo

    "Can Manchester City - again without Vincent Kompany - stop Odion Ighalo as they did Jamie Vardy at Leicester?

    "The Nigerian is the first Watford player to net in six successive Premier League matches and was the highest league scorer across the English four top tiers in 2015.

    "His sheer power got him the goal against Tottenham on Monday. Do City's stand-in defenders have the hunger to match that?

    "Watford have done wonderfully so far. They can easily finish in the top 10.

    "But if Man City's woeful away form continues - they've dropped 15 points out of the last 18 available - they won't finish in the top two."

  80. 'Man City need Kompany back'

    Watford v Man City (17:30 GMT)

    Mark Lawrenson

    Ex-Liverpool defender

    Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany

    "I don't think that Manchester City need anything in the January window to be honest - apart from injured skipper Vincent Kompany back.

    "They just need him fit. It is clear that Kompany plus one is their best centre-back combination. It is so frustrating for him and the club, you wonder if there is an inherent weakness."

    Match of the Day pundits have their say on what each Premier League club needs to do in the January transfer window.

  81. City six points behind Arsenal

    Watford v Man City (17:30 GMT)

    City started the day third in the table - three points behind leaders Arsenal. However, they start at Vicarage Road six points off the summit after the Gunners defeated Newcastle 1-0.

    Watford, ninth in the table, can climb to seventh with a victory and could even go sixth with a big win.

  82. Two changes for Watford; Man City unchanged

    Watford v Man City (17:30 GMT)

    Two changes for Watford from the side that lost 2-1 to Tottenham on 28 December. Full-back Nyom comes in for Ikechi Anya and defender Jose Holebas replaces the suspended Nathan Ake. Odion Ighalo, one of the Premier League's in-form strikers, starts up front with Troy Deeney.


    Manuel Pellegrini names the same Manchester City side that started the goalless draw at Leicester City on 29 December.

  83. New year, same old pressure

    Watford v Man City (17:00 GMT)

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini

    Get fit. Lose weight. Give up alcohol (for a while). Save more money. Learn to cook. Donate more to charity...New Year resolutions have been made and, for some, already broken.

    For Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini, he has two wishes for 2016. Win the Premier League title and save his job. He might manage the first but could still fail in the second.

    What is certain is that City start the new year under pressure after another Arsenal win. Now six points off the top, Pellegrini's side need a victory at Watford.

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