Cathcart: Ighalo, Deeney can wreck any team


Arsenal's French defender Laurent Koscielny (L) vies with Watford's Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo during the English Premier League football match between Watford and Arsenal at Vicarage Road Stadium in Watford, north of London on October 17, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.

Arsenal’s French defender Laurent Koscielny (L) vies with Watford’s Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo  2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS

Watford defender Craig Cathcart has been impressed with the excellent form of the duo of Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney for the Golden Boys this season.

Ighalo and Deeney’s understanding up front is a big part of Watford’s strong start to the season and both have scored 14 of the Hornets 17 top flight goals and were on target again as Watford spanked Norwich City on Saturday to the delight of the former Manchester United and Blackpool defender.

“They (Ighalo and Deeney) are a handful for every team,” Cathcart admits in an interview with Watford Observer.

“They work off each other and get in behind defences. They are both really strong lads who can hold up the ball too.

“They (Ighalo and Deeney) gave Norwich a bad time and then they took their chances. As long as they keep scoring and we keep on keeping clean sheets then it can only be good for us.”

He also warned Quique Sanchez Flores’ side who moved up to ninth in the top flight table not to take anything for granted.

Back in the 2010/2011 season Cathcart was part of the Blackpool side which had stunned the Premier League. After 17 games the Tangerines sat sixth in the table on 25 points.

“Some of the lads were saying we would be safe by February or March,” Cathcart says. “We took our eye off the ball.”

Blackpool’s form dropped like a stone after New Year’s Day. They earned just 14 more points from the remaining 21 games and were relegated.

“We ended up going down by a point which was devastating,” the 26-year-old said.

“I’ve learned from that experience. The Premier League is the toughest league in the world. You can’t take anything for granted. I’ll be relaying that to the lads in the dressing room.”