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  1. Fourth-placed Man City lost past two PL games
  2. Stones dropped to the bench, Aguero still banned
  3. Ninth-placed Watford will go seventh with a win
  4. Skipper Deeney on the bench, Pereyra back after ban

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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  1. A clean start for City

    Man City 2-0 Watford

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport at the Etihad Stadium

    It's a bit English but that zero next to Watford's name is the notable statistic from tonight.

    Pep left John Stones out of his Manchester City line-up, picked four at the back, stuck with them for 90 minutes and was rewarded with his side's third clean sheet of the season.

    If City can get that number up, they have the firepower to score - and win - against anyone.


    Man City 2-0 Watford

    Done and dusted. Sgt Pep's band are rocking again.

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    Man City 2-0 Watford

    Almost a third. David Silva's low shot is saved by Heurelho Gomes.

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    Man City 2-0 Watford

    Watford's Jose Holebas is down injured. He just rolls off the pitch. Dying embers here...

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    Man City 2-0 Watford

    Into stoppage time. Three minutes to go.


    Man City 2-0 Watford

    Another change for Pep. Leroy Sane replaces Kevin de Bruyne.

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    Man City 2-0 Watford

    What a way for David Silva to celebrate his  200th Premier League game for Manchester City. No way back for Watford now...

  8. GOAL - Man City 2-0 Watford

    David Silva

    Game over.

    Swift and clean by Manchester City. Fernando wins the ball on the halfway line, David Silva picks up the baton. No challenge is forthcoming, the Spaniard exchanges passes with Raheem Sterling in the box, then slams in from 12 yards.

    David Silva
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    Man City 1-0 Watford

    Well into the last 10 now. Any sign of another goal? Not yet. The home crowd getting a touch edgy...

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    Man City 1-0 Watford

    OH! Should be 1-1. Watford's best - and perhaps only - chance. Nordin Amrabat rolls marker Gael Clichy, clipping in a delightful right-wing cross into the centre. Odion Ighalo meets it with an outstretched foot, firing over the bar. That would have hit the onion bag for the Watford striker last season...


    Man City 1-0 Watford

    Pep's mixing it up. One Spaniard comes on for another, Jesus Navas on for Nolito.

  12. Bravo Bravo

    Man City 1-0 Watford

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport at the Etihad Stadium

    Claudio Bravo has not had the easiest time of it as Joe Hart's replacement at Manchester City.

    There was even some ironic applause for him from his own fans earlier in the game when he dealt with a routine bit of work.

    But the applause was genuine and justified then after keeping out Etienne Capoue's shot.

    City have strolled through this game. Watford have rarely threatened.

    If the visitors snatch a point now I don't think the home fans will be very impressed.

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    Man City 1-0 Watford

    Kevin de Bruyne goes down clutching his leg. He's alright.

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    Man City 1-0 Watford

    The Watford free-kick is curled into the Manchester City area, Miguel Britos meeting the ball with his head. But the ball goes backwards. Actually, it works out well - falling at Etienne Capoue's feet and he blasts low at the near post. Claudio Bravo makes a vital save.

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    Man City 1-0 Watford

    And here's another example of Isaac's Success. Again he goes direct, Zabaleta forced into a clumsy foul. Free-kick about 25 yards out...

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    Man City 1-0 Watford

    Isaac Success fancies his chances against Pablo Zabaleta here. The Watford substitute is not afraid to run at the City defence.


    Man City 1-0 Watford

    Here he is. Troy Deeney comes on for the Hornets, off goes Jerome Sinclair. Not a memorable first Watford start for the 20-year-old forward - he only managed 11 touches. Only City keeper Claudio Bravo had fewer...

    Man City
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    Man City 1-0 Watford

    Are City going to kill this game off? Doesn't look like it yet. The home side still dominating possession, but not really stretching Watford.

    Not one shot on target for either side since the break...

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    Man City 1-0 Watford

    Kevin de Bruyne drills in the set-piece, a Watford head averts the danger.