By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Home Games
Manchester City fought back from behind to secure a 4-2 win over Watford in the FA Cup fourth round, a Sergio Aguero hat-trick restoring order for the hosts.
Micah started the game for City, but Manuel Pellegrini’s side were sluggish in the opening exchanges, Troy Deeney going close early doors.
Joleon Lescott could have put City in front but missed the target from five yards, but it was the Championship side who against all odds grabbed the lead. Fernando Forestieri raced through and fired past Costel Pantilimon to make it 1-0, though the Eastlanders threatened to equalise through Jack Rodwell and Jesus Navas.
Watford weren’t rattled, and they doubled their advantage through Deeney. Martin Demichelis failing to clear and the Watford man slotting home calmly when through one-on-one.
Pellegrini made several changes at the back to try to kick-start his side, Stefan Jovetic thrown up front with Edin Dzeko and Aguero. It was the latter who hauled his side back into it, Dzeko’s shot from a Aleksandar Kolarov ball denied but the Argentina international there to pounce on the rebound and make it 2-1.
Aguero could smell blood, and he drew City level. Navas picked him out, and he dribbled through the Watford defence before a deft chip into the top corner.
The question was how long Watford could hold on, and City’s quality proved too much. Kolarov made it 3-2 when his shot slipped through Jonathan Bond’s hands, and Aguero grabbed his third soon after as City added gloss to an otherwise indifferent display.
Man City: Pantilimon, Richards, Demichelis, Lescott, Kolarov, Navas, Rodwell, Toure ©, Lopes, Aguero, Dzeko.
Watford: Bond, Faraoni, Doyley, Angella, Ekstrand, Pudil, Anya, Battocchio, Murray Forestieri, Deeney.