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Man City vs Watford LIVE: Premier League result and reaction after Gabriel Jesus scores four

Follow live reaction after Man City thrashed Watford to extend their advantage in the Premier League title race

Sarah Rendell
Saturday 23 April 2022 19:37
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Manchester City's best goals vs Watford

Four goals from Gabriel Jesus earned Manchester City a 5-1 win over relegation-threatened Watford on Saturday, a victory that moved Pep Guardiola’s side four points clear at the top of the Premier League standings.

With title rivals Liverpool not in action until Sunday against Everton, City were overwhelming favourites to put Watford to the sword at the Etihad Stadium, with a double from Jesus’ putting them 2-0 in front inside 24 minutes.

Watford then briefly threatened to make a game of it as French defender Hassane Kamara’s first goal in English football five minutes later brought the visitors to within one of City. However, a stunning strike from Rodri restored City’s two-goal advantage in the 34th minute before Jesus completed his first Premier League hat-trick early in the second half after converting from the penalty spot.

Not done there, the 25-year-old tapped home his fourth in the 53rd minute to complete the rout. City took their foot off the gas from there on in, with Tuesday’s Champions League semi final first-leg against Real Madrid in mind.

The comprehensive victory moved champions City on to 80 points from 33 matches played, four clear of Liverpool ahead of Sunday’s Merseyside derby, while Watford head towards relegation, sitting 19th seven points from safety.

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Tottenham lose ground in top-four race after being held to goalless draw at Brentford

Tottenham Hotspur limp from the Brentford Community Stadium with their top-four hopes no longer in their grasp, and it could have been even worse thanks to the efforts of one of their own.

This was another missed opportunity for Antonio Conte’s side, who have relinquished their advantage over Arsenal and must quickly rediscover their attacking verve. Since scoring 14 goals in their four consecutive wins, Spurs have now been shutout in 180 minutes against Brighton and Brentford FC. Brentford and their patched-up defensive line restricted Tottenham’s attack effectively and David Raya finished without having a save to make.

The attacking intent was instead provided by the hosts, and in their own unique style. You know what Brentford do by now, although you might wonder if Tottenham did realise given their lackadaisical approach here. The Bees thrive on making these meetings awkward and Thomas Frank’s side have ensured every other Premier League team has come away with a taste of the Brentford experience when visiting this quiet corner of west London.

Tottenham lose ground in top-four race after being held to goalless draw at Brentford

Brentford 0-0 Tottenham: Spurs fail to respond to Arsenal’s victory earlier in the day with a lifeless stalemate in west London

Michael Jones23 April 2022 19:37
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That was Tottenham’s first draw in 2022 in all competitions (W11-D1-L9).

Spurs also failed to record a shot on target in back-to-back Premier League matches.

Michael Jones23 April 2022 19:28
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I don’t think Tottenham will be too disheartened though. They’ll know that they were second best today and that point keeps them within touching distance of fourth with a clash against Arsenal still to come.

Worryingly though it’s the second sluggish performance in a row and Antonio Conte needs to change that next time out.

Michael Jones23 April 2022 19:22
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90+3 mins: Tottenham take a point away from the game but gift the advantage to Arsenal in the race for the top four. Brentford were impressive and could have had more. Ivan Toney twice hit the woodwork but he couldn’t get the win for the Bees.

Michael Jones23 April 2022 19:20
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90 mins: Off the post! Eriksen whips a free kick into the Tottenham box and Toney climbs above everyone else to win the header. He powers it towards the far bottom corner and the ball rattles into the post before bouncing away. The follow up is then blasted into the side netting.

Huge let off for Tottenham! Three added minutes to play.

Michael Jones23 April 2022 19:18
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87 mins: Mads Sorensen is booked for dragging down Lucas Moura who was threatening to burst into the box from the right wing. Tottenham win a free kick just outside the penalty area. It’s a big chance for them to score.

Son takes it and fires his cross straight into the hands of David Raya.

Michael Jones23 April 2022 19:16
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84 mins: Lucas Moura has been waiting a while to come on for Spurs but the ball hasn’t gone out of play. Eventually it does and Emerson Royal is sacrificed with about five minutes or so left to play. Will we see a winning goal from someone?

Michael Jones23 April 2022 19:12
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81 mins: Tottenham still haven’t had a shot on target. They didn’t have one against Brighton either and Brighton struck late to win that game.

Surely Spurs won’t go two games without hitting the target. Lucas Moura is getting ready to come on.

Michael Jones23 April 2022 19:09
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78 mins: Fresh legs for Brentford. Josh Dasilva and Yoane Wissa come on for the home side with Saman Ghoddos and Mathias Jensen taken off.

Michael Jones23 April 2022 19:05
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75 mins: Tottenham mount the pressure on the Brentford defence by maintaining possession around the edge of the penalty area and whipping crosses into the box. The Bees defence is up to the task though and they keep Spurs at bay.

That was the visitor’s best period on the ball so far. 15 minutes to play.

Michael Jones23 April 2022 19:04

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