Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini said his players' character was vital in their 2-1 away win over Watford.

City fell behind after 55 minutes to a deflected Ben Watson corner but goals from Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero in the final 10 minutes sealed the points. The win keeps City three points behind league leaders Arsenal in third place.

"What this team has a lot of is character," Pellegrini said. "We never give up. In every important game, we are a team with a lot of character.

"We were very unlucky to be losing this game. [Their goal was from] a corner that was not a corner and it was an own goal, but I think that we kept our minds cool and continued trying to score.

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"We made some substitutions and changes and continued thinking always that we were able to turn the score around, and we did it.

"I think it was a close game and tough for both teams. Watford are playing well but if you look at the statistics I think we deserved to win." 

Aguero scored the winner at Vicarage Road despite doubts over his fitness as he continues to recover from injury. City fans have been wary with the Argentine's returns as they have recently resulted in further injuries.

But Pellegrini said the striker should be back to 100 per cent for City's Capital One Cup semi-final first leg against Everton on Wednesday.

He added: "The goal is very important. Before the goal, he made a lot of better movement than the last games. I hope that in the next game, we are going to see the complete Sergio."

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