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Ighalo celebrates his second goal

Ighalo means goals

Odion Ighalo, the Nigerian international striker, scored twice yesterday to give Watford a 2-0 over West Ham.

Ighalo’s brace means he has now scored 23 goals in 29 games this calendar year. It is amazing to think that Watford were looking to sell him in the summer.

Their new coach Quique Sanchez Flores must be glad they kept the Nigerian, who has been involved in Watford’s last nine Premier League goals, scoring seven and setting up two. He is now the highest scorer in Watford’s Premier League history.

His first goal was fortuitous, as Andy Carroll dawdling with the ball was robbed in the West Ham penalty area by Nathan Ake, who fizzed the ball across the front of the goal for Ighalo to poked in via a deflection.

The second came from a cross by Ikechi Anya, the Scottish international with a Nigerian father, which Ighalo rifled into the top corner with his left foot.

Teammate Ben Watson said “you can always rely on Ighalo to get you a goal”.

Man of the match Ighalo said: “I’m happy about my goals, but I’m most pleased about the team performance. We played very well today and we deserved the win and the three points.”

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