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Ighalo celebrates his goal at Stamford Bridge

Ighalo speaks on draw with Chelsea

Watford’s Nigerian international striker Odion Ighalo, who got his side’s second goal via a deflection in the 2-2 draw away to Chelsea yesterday, said it was “a deserved point”.

Ighalo has now scored in five successive games in the top flight, bringing his season’s tally to 13 goals after 17 games and joint second in the scorers’ chart with Romelu Lukaku and Riyad Mahrez, behind Jamie Vardy. Incidentally, the Ajegunle, Lagos-born hitman has the most shots on target in the Premier League, with 30 so far.

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Speaking after the game Ighalo said: “It was a difficult game but I am happy we got a point out of here because coming to Stamford Bridge and taking a point is very good.

“The team really worked hard from the start to the finish and there’s a lot of confidence building in the team, so we want to keep going.

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“We could have gone away with the three points, but sometimes when you make mistakes you have to pay for it. We allowed Diego Costa to run behind the defence and score, but this is football and we want to keep going.

“The team really worked hard, from Gomes to the midfield and to the top with me and Troy. We really gave our best and we pushed to the last minute, so it’s a deserved point for us.”

With no winter break as in the rest of Europe, Ighalo and team-mates have to prepare for their next game tomorrow at home against Tottenham.

“This is England, you have to be ready for everything,” he said.

“We are playing in two days’ time so I’m going to go home and relax, get enough energy as I can get and then I’ll be ready to go again on Monday.

“It’s going to be a difficult game because Spurs are a good team and they have quality. They have been winning games too so it’s going to be difficult, but in football anything can happen.

“Our supporters are always behind us at home, and with the way we are playing, if we push to the end we will have a chance to win the game.”

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