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Man City captain Kompany pleased to beat Watford: An old-fashioned Premier League game

Manchester City goalscorer Riyad Mahrez admits Watford made it difficult for them after Tuesday's 2-1 win.

Goals from Leroy Sane and Mahrez gave City a hard-fought win at Watford which re-established their five-point cushion at the top of the Premier League table.

City had been frustrated early on by saves from Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster until Sane scored in the 40th minute by diverting in Mahrez's inswinging cross with his chest.

Six minutes after half-time Mahrez - recalled as manager Pep Guardiola once again rotated his team - increased the lead by sweeping in Gabriel Jesus' cross at the back post.

City controlled the game with more than 70% of possession but Abdoulaye Doucoure scrambled in for Watford in the 85th minute to give the hosts hope of an unlikely comeback.

Mahrez said: "At the end they pushed but we handled the situation very well. We go back with the three points.

"We knew once we scored the first it opens up the game, we had more space. We had chances to kill the game and we didn't."

City captain Vincent Kompany added: "It was a good old Premier League game, as soon as they scored long balls start coming, they are extremely physical up front. Credit to us for staying strong.

"I don't think we ever lose focus. We had chances to make it 3-0 and anytihing can happen. We managed the game pretty well. You can't win every game playing fantasy football."

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