Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo posted a man of the match performance with two assists in Watford’s 2-0 win at the Britannia against Stoke City on Saturday as the Hornets recorded their second away victory of the premier league campaign.
The Nigerian international supplied two assists as Watford’s skipper Troy Deeney and Almen Abdi both scored as Watford spoiled Mark Hughes’s 100th game in charge of Stoke.
The Hornets took advantage of a poor defensive display by the Potters, who had won the previous three league games and conceded only one goal. Stoke were without Nigerian forward Peter Odemwingie.
Hornets Captain Deeney who scored 21 goals in their promotion season, had up until today the most chances of any Premier League player without scoring -24 finally broke the duck with his 25th. And he had his strike partner Ighalo to thank after the Nigeria striker laid the goal on a plate with a delightful back heel flick.
The understanding between the pair in attack has been the principle reason why Watford are sitting content on 13 points and in 13th position.
Deeney grabbed his first Premier League goal with a low strike from Odion Ighalo’s pass just before the break.
And three minutes after the hour mark, Ighalo was the provider again when he fed Abdi who smashed his drive past the reach of Jack Butland.
His second assist for Abdi’s goal meant that Ighalo has been involved in each of the Hornets’ last seven Premier League goals, with five strikes and two assists – impressive by any standards.
The 26-year-old, who joined the Hornets on a permanent deal in 2014 after failing to make an impact at Udinese, has been one of the players of the season so far.