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Sergio Aguero back to 100 percent for Man City - Manuel Pellegrini

Manuel Pellegrini says Sergio Aguero is back to his best after the Manchester City striker salvaged a point for his side in their 2-2 draw with West Ham United.

The Argentine striker scored City's equaliser in the 81st minute after converting a first-half penalty he won himself when he was brought down by Hammers defender Carl Jenkinson.

Aguero was unlucky not to come away with a hat trick after a brilliant lob over Adrian came back off the inside of the post and he almost snatched a win with an injury-time strike straight at the Hammers keeper.

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His double still took his goal tally to four in his last two games and Pellegrini insists Aguero is now firing on all cylinders after a season disrupted by injuries.

"I think Kun played very well. He score two goals, he made the penalty too and he had another shot at the post and he had the last chance," the City boss said.

"He is a player that is 100 percent now with his fitness and performance."

Joe Hart, however, believes there is more to come from Aguero although he was full of praise for his impact against the Hammers.

"Sergio Aguero is a killer -- even though he is not at the standard he says is his best, he's still scoring," he said. "We've come from behind. A draw was a fair result, a West Ham win would not have been unfair, a City win would have been unfair."

Sergio Aguero earned plaudits from his manager after helping City salvage a draw with West Ham on Saturday.

Pellegrini felt his side deserved more than a point but their inconsistency threatens to undermine their title challenge as they slipped three points off the top.

The Blues have not won successive Premier League games since October but more more worrying is their away form. City have won only one league game away since September -- picking up just four points from their seven other games on the road.

"If you analyse the whole game we had two or three clear chances," said Pellegrini. "It was a difficult game -- I was not happy the way we conceded the second goal.

"It was a close game for both teams and a good game for both sets of fans. It was end-to-end because both teams play in an attacking way."

Hart was pleased with his efforts to keep Dimitri Payet at bay with a superb stop from a free kick in the first half, saying: "That save did feel good. I had to move my feet quickly. It was a great game of football. I thought it was a brilliant game. They played football. It was great the way Enner Valencia was attacking.

West Ham could still have snatched victory had Kouyate's stoppage-time header from Mark Noble's free kick not clipped the crossbar.

"I'm really proud of the team, and a little disappointed we didn't win," said Hammers manager Slaven Bilic. "We could have got the third goal even though they were dominating.

"So when I went back into dressing room I felt disappointed. But that's good. That shows how well we played.

"We were fantastic as a team and as individuals. The individuals were the cherry on top of the pie, and the pie was the team performance."


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