The best pictures from City's crucial Premier League clash at home to Watford...

Raheem Sterling fired Manchester City four points clear at the top of the Premier League thanks to a stunning second half hat-trick as the Blues beat Watford 3-1 at the Etihad.

The England winger netted three times in just 13 minutes at the start of the second period to help overcome some dogged resistance from the Hornets.

Despite dominating, City had been frustrated in the first half.

But after breaking the deadlock with a hotly contested opener – which was only allowed after lengthy consultations between referee Paul Tierney and his assistant after the goal was initially flagged for offside – Sterling went to town.

Within two minutes he had scored again via some superb play from David Silva and Riyad Mahrez. And he then sealed the treble with a wonderful individual piece of skill.

Though substitute Gerard Deulofeu narrowed the deficit, City were deserved winners to maintain pole position in the race to be crowned champions.

Here’s a selection of the best pictures…

EYE EYE: Ederson arrives ready for duty


Ederson arrives ready for duty

RAZZLE DAZZLE: Raheem Sterling gets City on the front foot

CLOSE! David Silva's glancing header evades Ben Foster but also the Watford goal

NO ENTRY: Kyle Walker puts a block on Isaac Success

PEP'S POINTER: The boss fires out instructions

ALL FIRED UP: David Silva powers in a shot on goal

FRUSTRATION: Sergio Aguero and David Silva react as City come close to scoring the opener

LAST GASP: Christian Kabasele slides in to block Sergio's power shot

CENTRE OF ATTENTION: Raheem Sterling is mobbed after his crucial opener

STRIKE ONE: Raheem Sterling is all smiles after netting the Blues' first goal

TWO'S COMPANY: Raheem slots home his and City's second goal after great work by David Silva and Riyad Mahrez

TREBLE HIT: Raz fires home to seal his quickfire hat-trick

JUMPING FOR JOY: Raheem celebrates after sealing his hat-trick

JOB DONE: Raz gets a deserved pat on the shoulder from boss Pep Guardiola

[Source : Manchester City Football Club Official Website : Read More]