Raheem Sterling scored his first hat-trick of the season for Manchester City as they beat Watford 3-1 at home to go four points clear of Liverpool at the top of the table.
Manchester City v Watford
City were left frustrated in the first half after spurning the few opportunities they created against a defensive Hornets side who made seven changes including dropping Troy Deeney and Gerard Deulofeu to the bench.
The deadlock was broken in controversial fashion with Sterling’s opener which was initially flagged for offside before being given with the ball going in off the City winger from Daryl Janmaat’s touch.
There was no doubts about his second as the former Liverpool man tapped in from close range from Riyad Mahrez’s cross. And the pick of his goals was his third as he ran onto
David Silva’s pass to calmly slot the ball past Ben Foster for his 18th goal of the season.