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By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

Joe Hart has paid tribute to Bacary Sagna for Manchester City’s thrilling comeback at Watford on Saturday night.

City came from 1-0 down with nine minutes to go to win 2-1 at Vicarage Road and keep the pressure on Premier League pace-setters Arsenal.

Yaya Toure scored the equaliser with a stunning left-foot volley and Sergio Aguero ended his mini goal drought when he headed in the winner after 84 minutes.

But Hart said the inspiration for the victory was Sagna, who made a lung-bursting run down the right to deliver the pin-point cross to Aguero for the winning strike.

“I thought it was our season to a tee when we were 1-0 down and looked like we were going nowhere,” Hart told Sky Sports on Saturday night. “Bacary Sagna deserves so much credit for what he’s done for us this season, with Zabaleta out injured for most of the season.”

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City cemented third place in the Premier League with their victory at Watford to move one point behind Leicester and pull back to within three points of leaders Arsenal.

Hart added: “We have to build on this – we hadn’t won in six on the road. It’s not championship-winning form but we’re somehow still in it. We have all the big boys to come to us and some big cup games.

“We’re in a good place. We’re utilising our squad. We’re not where we want to be but we’re close.“