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Watford midfielder hails Ighalo’s impact

02 November 2015, 13:05

London - Watford midfielder Ben Watson has praised the contributions of Nigeria's Odion Ighalo, as they beat West Ham United 2-0 in the Premier League on Saturday.

After opening the scoring in the first-half, Odion Ighalo added the all-important second minutes after the break to extend the Hornets' lead, sealing three vital points.

“It was huge, we knew West Ham were going to come out and put us under pressure, and at half-time our plan was to continue what we had been doing. To score in the 48th minute, that was perfect,” Watson said, speaking to Hornets PlayerHD.

“It took a lot of pressure off us, they had to throw a lot at us, which allowed us to catch them on the break and create a few more chances."

Also read: Ighalo, Victor Moses rock in Europe

The Hornets were searching for their second home win of the season, and they gave themselves the perfect platform to do that when Ighalo poked home Nathan Aké’s cross from close-range.

It was an important breakthrough for the Golden Boys, stated Watson, whose solid display earned him the Man of the Match accolade.

“We had created chances, and if we didn’t score it would have been very disappointing. Maybe that’s been the case at home, as we probably haven’t scored as many goals as we would like. But you can always rely on Ighalo to get you a goal,” said Watson.

“In any game of football that first goal is huge, it gives you the advantage, and coming out in the second-half and scoring so quickly, that was probably even more important I’d say.”

The win ended the Hammers’ unbeaten run on the road, and their seven-match streak without a defeat.

For Watford, it was back-to-back wins for the second time this season, and Watson admitted how thrilled he was to have done that.

“We knew it would be tough, their away form has been excellent, they’ve beaten Liverpool and City, as well as Chelsea at home.

“It was an important game for us though, as we wanted to get back-to-back wins, and in the Premier League that’s tough but we have achieved that.”

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