Man City back on track af­ter trounc­ing Wat­ford

Toronto Star - - SPORTS - SAM JOHN­STON THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

LON­DON— Al­though it has taken a year longer than many ex­pected, Manch­ester City is fi­nally be­gin­ning to re­sem­ble a Pep Guardi­ola-coached team.

City main­tained its ram­pant form as it ended Wat­ford’s un­beaten start to the English Premier League with a re­sound­ing 6-0 vic­tory at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

Guardi­ola’s side has scored 15 goals in three matches since the in­ter­na­tional break, with 5-0 and 4-0 wins over Liverpool and Fey­er­nood re­spec­tively.

“It was so good, es­pe­cially af­ter an away game in the Cham­pi­ons League,” Guardi­ola said. “We have found our game, we can make short passes, and we have a lot of en­ergy from our full backs.”

Ser­gio Aguero scored a hat trick and laid on an as­sist for Gabriel Je­sus, while Ni­co­las Ota­mendi headed in be­fore Ra­heem Ster­ling added a late penalty.

The vic­tory took City to the top of the ta­ble, but Manch­ester United can join it on Sun­day with a win over Ever­ton.

Liverpool failed to shake off the ef­fects of last week­end’s thrash­ing by City, stum­bling to a1-1draw with Burn­ley at An­field.

Cana­dian in­ter­na­tional Scott Ar­field gave the vis­i­tors the lead be­fore Mo­hamed Salah lev­elled just three min­utes later.

Crys­tal Palace be­came the first club in league his­tory to lose its open­ing five games with­out scor­ing as Roy Hodg­son’s first match in charge ended in a 1-0 de­feat against Southamp­ton. Steven Davis’ early goal proved de­ci­sive.

New­cas­tle made it three league wins in a row by beat­ing Stoke 3-1 at St. James’ Park. Cap­tain Ja­maal Las­celles was an un­likely star for a sec­ond straight game as the de­fender headed home the win­ner af­ter Xher­dan Shaqiri can­celled out Chris­tian Atsu’s opener.

Jamie Vardy equal­ized from the penalty spot for Le­ices­ter to draw at Hud­der­s­field 1-1 af­ter Lau­rent De­poitre gave the home side the lead on his full Premier League de­but. West Brom and West Ham played out a goal­less draw at the Hawthorns. RED­KNAPP AXED: Harry Red­knapp was fired by sec­ond-tier Birm­ing­ham City on Saturday af­ter his side lost a sixth suc­ces­sive match.

Birm­ing­ham was just one place above the bot­tom of the Cham­pi­onship ta­ble af­ter los­ing to Pre­ston 3-1 at home on Saturday, hav­ing taken just four points from its first eight games.

PETER BYRNE/THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Cana­dian Scott Ar­field left scores for Burn­ley in EPL ac­tion against Liverpool on Saturday at An­field.

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