Sergio Aguero plays down hat-trick heroics against Newcastle United

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Aguero doubled his tally for the day from the penalty spot in the second half, but City became sloppy thereafter and Newcastle grabbed a goal back in style through Jacob Murphy.

At the Etihad Stadium, Aguero headed the opening goal in the 34th minute, getting the slightest of touches to a cross from Kevin De Bruyne.

Another set-back would have been the last thing City needed but Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero, not to mention the support behind them, provided a timely reminder of exactly why City are well-placed in all four competitions this season. While City fans poured on social media to make those claims, Sane has a lot of medals to pick up to come close to Giggs' trophy cabinet.

'Still we have 42 points to play (for).

The tongue in cheek headline ('Liverpool show Newcastle United the way to beat Manchester City - No excuses for Rafa now') attracted plenty of attention, especially on social media from those who didn't actually bother to read the article...

The second goal changed the complexion of the game as it forced Benitez to go with Plan A Mark 2.

Sergio Aguero played down his own heroics after Manchester City got their title charge moving again with victory over his favourite whipping boys Newcastle.

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Guardiola made light of his players being spoken of as would-be "invincibles" one minute and possible chokers the next, before praising the quiet focus of a squad whose next assignment comes at Bristol City, defending a 2-1 advantage from the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final.

Silva has been in and out of the City team since before Christmas due to personal reasons, though he was kept on the bench for the defeat at Liverpool last weekend due to stomach problems. 'Still we have 14 and to win 10 or 11 games will be tough.

Hazard, who scored his 100th and 101st career league goals, told Sky Sports: "We started the game very well".

City were looking to bounce back after losing for the first time in 30 Premier League games. It's good that as a team we can shut up shop and not give the other team too many chances, knowing that more often than not we're going to go up the other end and score because certain teams can only keep us out for so long.

"It is going to depend on us", said Aguero, whose performance was a timely reminder of his ability after the club recently pulled out of a deal for Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez.

Pep Guardiola's side personified the popular phrase "Beware the wounded animal" in rather convincing fashion.

Aguero's next best record comes against Chelsea, scoring 10 goals in 15 games.

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