Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was more concerned with picking up three points than anything else as his side triumphed 2-0 in a mediocre performance from both sides at the Etihad Stadium.

The Citizens picked up their first home league win for three months over Walter Mazzarri's men in a game unlikely to ever be labelled pulsating, but Guardiola was left more concerned about the three points than his side's showing.

He said: "We can’t forget that football is many things, it’s tactics, it’s physical, but especially it is emotion.

"This club feel we have not got the results we expect. The last three or four games was not good in terms of results.

"We cannot compare the Everton or Middlesbrough performances or Chelsea to today. Then we didn’t win, but we did today. You will analyse the result, but we have to focus in our spirit and the players showed me today again what we were in the beginning of the season."

Guardiola expressed his delight with a third clean sheet of the season for City, with the Manchester City boss particularly pleased in light of coming up against what he felt was a strong Watford front line.

He said: "I’m happy with the clean sheet. The team ran a lot, we can’t defend a clean sheet with only the back four.

"We cannot forget that against tough strikers like tonight. We needed to win, for the mind of the players."