- Zabaleta nets first PL goal since ’14
- Silva ices it in 86′
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Manchester City got back in the win column, giving Pep Guardiola a boost with a 2-0 win over Watford at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.
The win keeps City a point back of second- and third-place Arsenal and Liverpool, seven back of leaders Chelsea.
Watford slips to 11th, level on 21 points with Southampton (9th) and Bournemouth (10th).
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City controlled the first half despite a very tight and disciplined performance from Watford at the back.
It would take something special, and that was a smart run down the right side by Zabaleta. The Argentine back met Kevin De Bruyne’s loop of a cross to make it 1-0.
Watford had a chance at the end of the half through Odion Ighalo, but the striker frittered it away.
City looked set to improve on this disappointing stat:
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And yet City couldn’t put away the Hornets, and Nordin Amrabat gave Ighalo a chance to equalize only to see the striker thump it over the goal.
But Silva and Raheem Sterling worked a 1-2 down the left of Watford’s final third, and it was all set at the Etihad.