It was the first time City dropped points since a 1-1 draw at home to Everton on August 21.
With Kevin De Bruyne surprisingly fit to start after being stretchered off at Palace and John Stones and David Silva back in the team, City netted further goals courtesy of a Christian Kabasele own goal (13) and Sergio Aguero (63).
After the game, Manager Pep Guardiola said Jesus will be out for up to two months but kept journalists in the dark on the state of De Bruyne's injury. Today I don't know what happened, today it's about the last action, "said a disappointed Guardiola". You can check out how others have voted under the form.
Their 246 hours between the four matches over Christmas and New Year is one of the longer gaps in the Premier League, with Leicester having only 213 hours between the start and finish of their four fixtures.
"I have the same feeling that before I came here and now when we dropped two points".
The City manager called on referees to look after players.
"We have three or four days until the next game so we will see what Pep is going to do but for sure every player is going to be ready if he needs them to play", Fernandinho told reporters.
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"Last season we had less recovery than this season, maybe next season we will have a little more".
"In the way, we approached the game, good focus, attitude, personality".
Later on, De Bruyne was clattered by Jason Puncheon as Man City counterattacked following Luka Milivojevic's saved penalty and his injury could also see him sidelined for a significant chunk of time. "We have to protect players".
The results have been incredible as the Citizens are playing like the best team in Premier League history.
The same was true of the returning David Silva, who had been absent due to complications involving the health of his pregnant wife. "You have to go the same way every game against every opponent and try to get the most amount of points possible".
Aguero's admission comes with City's hierarchy holding an internal transfer meeting this week to determine whether they bring forward plans to sign Alexis Sanchez in the wake of Gabriel Jesus's knee injury by bidding for the Arsenal striker this month. Marco Silva's Watford faced a long night of damage limitation and they had their keeper Heurelho Gomes to thank for tipping a curling De Bruyne free kick against the bar.