Watford head coach Quique Sanchez Flores says he always had faith that Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo and his team-mates would see the game through to its 1-0 conclusion at the Stadium of Light on Saturday against Sunderland.
After the Nigerian international put the Hornets in front in the fourth minute, Sunderland put the visitors under immense pressure as the game wore on, but Heurelho Gomes and those in front of him stood strong to ensure a third successive win in the Premier League.
Flores in an interview on the club’s website praised his players after a third Premier League victory on the bounce.
“I always trust in these players and what we are doing. Sometimes we have to suffer a little bit, but this is normal in the Premier League.
“Sometimes play is very open, like in the last 10 minutes, but in terms of the collective work I am really happy with the opportunity to give this win to our fans for these amazing atmospheres they are creating in every single stadium.
“It was ideal. We were talking with the players before the match about how we needed to get three consecutive wins in the league. That was the challenge.
“The players made a very good performance and the first 20 to 25 minutes we played really well. Afterwards we needed to deal with the pressure of Sunderland, but finally I think the result is clear for us.
“I am happy with the points. This is a very tough team and a very tough stadium with a very good atmosphere, so I am really happy with the result.” Flores told Watford PlayerHD