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Ighalo gets his first goal

Ighalo “on fire”

Odion Ighalo grabbed two goals as Watford trounced Liverpool 3-0 this afternoon at Vicarage Road.

The Nigerian international’s first goal and his team’s second came in 15 minutes as he latched on to a lob from strike partner and captain Troy Deeney, out-muscled Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel and lashed in his shot from a tight angle.

Ighalo celebrates his first goal
Ighalo celebrates his first goal

Ighalo got his second, a close range header from a great cross from Valon Behrami, came in 85 minutes after fine team play that was started by the Nigerian.

On fire: Ighalo makes it 3-0
On fire: Ighalo makes it 3-0

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Ighalo, AKA “Iggy” to his team-mates, has now scored in four games in a row and has 12 goals this season. He could have had a hat-trick if not for an excellent stop from a one on one situation in the 62nd minute by Liverpool keeper Adam Bogdan.

Ighalo’s strike partnership with Deeney is possibly the most feared in the Premier League. Both get on off the pitch as well, and as they revealed to Sky Sports’ Alan Smith before the game, their children go to the same school.

Strangely enough, they also said that they rarely practise playing together as they are usually on opposing sides in training. Deeney also said that Ighalo is a useful man to have in the squad because he “can speak a couple of languages”. The Lagos-born striker’s time with Udinese in Italy and Granada in Spain means he helps his captain communicate messages to the Italian and Spanish speakers.

Ighalo also revealed that the most difficult defender he has faced so far this season is Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny because “he anticipates all the time”. Arsenal kept Ighalo quiet in a 3-0 defeat in October.

Watford have now won four games back-to-back with no small thanks Ighalo and Deeney. The Watford skipper said after the game that the Nigerian was “on fire”. Ighalo called it a “team performance” and said that he always makes runs when Deeney gets the ball because he knows his strike partner would find him with a pass behind the defender.

Deeney said Ighalo is “so quick and so strong, he’s going to cause problems for defenders”. The Nigerian is also becoming a problem with his dribbles, unceremoniously dumping Mamadou Sakho on his backside in the 58th minute.

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