Manchester City make it four wins from four

Raheem Sterling scored for City on Saturday
Raheem Sterling scored for City on Saturday
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Manchester City maintained their 100 per cent record in the Premier League with a 2-0 victory at home to Watford.

The hosts broke the deadlock less than two minutes into the second half, having brought on Samir Nasri at the interval to replace Jesus Navas.

The Citizens, who have yet to concede a goal in the league, were frustrated until early on in second half as Raheem Sterling and Fernandinho found the net, with the former netting his first City goal since his big-money summer move from Liverpool.

City boss Manuel Pellegrini named the same starting XI who secured a 2-0 win at Everton last weekend, with Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy and Fernando all still sidelined, while Wilfried Bony joined the injury list in midweek after suffering a deep cut to his left leg.

Hornets head coach Quique Sanchez Flores made one change to the side who drew 0-0 with Southampton last time out in the league, with Almen Abdi replacing Ikechi Anya in an attacking midfield role.

The Hornets also had defender Miguel Britos suspended, after he marked his club debut with a red card in the 1-0 midweek Capital One Cup defeat at Preston North End.

The Citizens had won each of their last seven meetings with the Hornets, while City were hoping to set a new club record of ten consecutive top-flight victories.

The visitors had drawn all three of their league games so far this season, following their return to the top-flight, and had kept clean sheets in their last two matches.

City made the brighter start to the game, with David Silva looking to dictate play in midfield, but it was the Hornets who had the first opening 15 minutes in, when a corner dropped to defender Sebastian Prodl and his shot was blocked.

With 25 minutes on the clock Sterling raced into the area, but Craig Cathcart got in in the nick of time to avert the danger.

Soon after Heurelho Gomes had to get down to deny Bacary Sagna following a corner and almost immediately he somehow diverted a low Sterling drive past his near post to keep his side level.

Shortly before half-time Sergio Aguero wriggled clear of his marker 25 yards from goal, but could only fizz a right-foot effort wide of the far post, as the first half ended goalless.

The hosts broke the deadlock less than two minutes into the second half, having brought on Samir Nasri at the interval to replace Jesus Navas.

Sagna whipped a tempting cross in from the right and Sterling arrived unmarked at the near post to side-foot home from close range.

Nine minutes later it was 2-0, as a free-kick was blocked and when it arrived at the feet of the outstanding Silva, he played in Fernandinho, with the Brazilian having time to blast a right-foot shot across Gomes and into the far corner of the net.

Sergio Aguero miskicked when well-placed in the area as City threatened to run riot and 14 minutes from time Yaya Toure was within inches of getting his name on the scoreheet.

His left-foot effort from 20 yards out flew inches wide of a post with the stranded Gomes rooted to the spot.

The visitors never looked like gaining any consolation, leaving England international Joe Hart to enjoy a very comfortable afternoon in the home goal, as City maintained a perfect start to the season which sees them topping the table.

The Hornets, meanwhile, have to recover following a first defeat of their season back in the top-flight, but will have the international break to regroup and get ready for the challenges of trying to consolidate their Premier League status.

Bryan Shaw,

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