Manchester City came from behind to secure a 2-1 win over Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday night to boost their Premier League title hopes.
Sergio Aguero was the hero for the visitors, as he struck in the closing stages to turn the game on its head and secure all three points for his side.
Aleksandar Kolarov had given Watford the lead after glancing a Ben Watson corner past Joe Hart and into the back of his own net, but the Serbian international more than made up for it shortly after.
Nevertheless, it was a difficult game for City with the pressure on following Arsenal’s win over Newcastle United earlier in the day coupled with a spirited effort from the Hornets.
As expected, Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney were a handful for Manuel Pellegrini’s defenders, but they were kept off the scoresheet as Kolarov whipped in a corner with eight minutes remaining as Yaya Toure hammered home an equaliser.
It wasn’t long before City had turned the game in their favour as just minutes later Bacary Sagna’s superb run down the right flank and cross found Aguero who expertly guided home his header beyond the outstretched arm of Heurelho Gomes.
As a result, City move back to within three points of Arsenal, while their focus switches to cup competitions next week with a League Cup outing against Everton on Wednesday night before a trip to Norwich City in the FA Cup next Saturday.
Pellegrini’s side get back to Premier League action on January 13 when they host the Toffees at the Etihad, and they will hope that this is a significant turning point in their season as they look to end the year as champions by building on this result.
Watford player ratings: Gomes 6; Nyom 6, Catchcart 6, Britos 6, Holebas 8; Abdi 6, Capoue 7, Watson 6, Jurado 7; Deeney 6, Ighalo 6.
Manchester City player ratings: Hart 7; Sagna 7, Otamendi 7, Mangala 6, Kolarov 6; Fernandinho 8, Toure 7, De Bruyne 7, Silva 7, Sterling 6; Aguero 7.
Navas 6, Demichelis 6, Bony 6.