I was playing a game that I eventually won but while analyzing, I found that this move is considered weak. Is there something obvious that I'm missing?

Positions on board:

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I did Ng4 after this as I perceived no danger to the Knight, but as per the computer analysis, this changed the game over to white's side and told me Nh5 is much better.

What am I missing here?

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    With 3. ... Ng4 4. h3 black knight is dead, right? What do you mean no danger?
    – justhalf
    Oct 29 at 6:15
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    @justhalf Aye. Which should be very obvious if one looks at the computer analysis beyond just the evaluation number.
    – Annatar
    Oct 29 at 6:28
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    @Abhigyan: It is "stupid" in the sense that you are a very weak player for not immediately seeing h3, but then, we all were that "stupid" somewhen in our chess life, and this is nothing to be ashamed of! This is not the point, the point is that nowadays you can put the position into an online engine which then in a second will "ask" the pesky knight with h3 and latest then you soon realize it is lost, so asking on CSE is a bit pointless. There surely are positions where the question "Why is X bad" makes sense to ask on CSE, since the answer is nontrivial to a human - or enlightening for all. Oct 29 at 8:32
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    @Abhigyan: Consider for an example this question: chess.stackexchange.com/questions/27171/… It is the same question I already asked when I encountered the game as a kid: Hey, doesn't playing Qb2 save the game? And it is still an interesting and nontrivial question, even in the computer age, and anyone will be pleased to follow the variants suggested by the computer. Thus use "best judgment": Can I answer the question myself by a bit more "work"? Will the answer have pedagogic value for more than me? Oct 29 at 8:43
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    " I assumed that in case of h3, we can pull the knight back, but it makes sense... Why play a move that could result in trouble than a move that has less possibility of trouble overall" -- that's not the point. The point is that after h3, the knight can't be safely pulled back. On h6 or f6, it's taken by pawn g5; on e5, it's taken by the knight on f3; on e3 by pawn, on f2 by the king and on h2 by the rook. Oct 29 at 21:15

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