Watford’s Nigerian hitman Odion Ighalo netted his 14th goal of the English Premier League season and set up teammate Craig Cathcart for the second goal to help his team beat Newcastle 2-1 at Vicarage Road yesterday.
The win saw Watford end their four-game losing streak. Several teams have lately started playing three at the back to neutralise the Watford strike force of Ighalo and captain Troy Deeney. Newcastle did the same and held on until a minute into the second half when Ighalo, looking marginally offside ran on to a Deeney through ball and rounded the keeper Rob Elliot to slot into an open net.
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Ighalo had gone four games without scoring, but the Watford supporters kept the faith with the chant: “Always believe in… Ighalo!” Manager Quique Sanchez Flores believed too: “I tried to make Ighalo understand that there is no pressure. If players have pressure it is impossible to play well, it is impossible to have a good performance. We need Ighalo in the best way, with a very clear mind, thinking about the things he has to do, and today he and the rest of the team are back. We have a lot of reasons to be happy.”