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Aguero: Win more important than goals

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SERGIO AGUERO is determined to keep plundering the goals to keep Manchester City's quadruple challenge on track.

The prolific Argentinian came to City's rescue to ensure they avoided an FA Cup shock against Watford with a second half hat-trick.

City remarkably trailed 2-0 to the Championship side at half-time of their fourth round tie at the Etihad Stadium, but it was a different story after the break.

A team reshuffle laid the foundations for Aguero to level the scores with a double.

City did not go ahead until luckless Hornets goalkeeper Jonathan Bond allowed an Aleksandar Kolarov shot to slip through his grasp three minutes from time, but Aguero quickly added a fourth.

That took his tally for the season to 25, six of which have come in four appearances since he returned from a month-long injury absence.

The 25-year-old said: "The important thing is the goals contribute to the team's victory, the team wins and we win titles.

"I don't have any specific goals to reach – but as many as possible.

"We weren't expecting to score four goals. We knew at half-time we needed to improve and, in the end, we won and we have made it to the next round. We are happy with that."

 

LETHARGIC

City were lethargic in the first half and that was ruthlessly exploited by a fired-up Watford side playing well above a standard that might be expected of a team 15th in their division.

They claimed a deserved lead when Troy Deeney set up Fernando Forestieri after 21 minutes.

The impressive Deeney doubled the lead on the half-hour after some slack defending by City.

City boss Manuel Pellegrini later branded his side's defending a "disaster" and said he could have made 11 substitutions at half-time.

The changes he did make, however, sending on Vincent Kompany and Pablo Zabaleta, brought more organisation at the back and changed the game.

Aguero said: "In the first half, they played really well and put a lot of pressure on us, but in the second half we made fewer mistakes and we were able to get the goals. It is good we were able to come back."


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