- Ighalo scores in third straight
- Watford move up to 7th
- Sunderland remain in bottom three
Odion Ighalo scored in the opening minutes and Watford held on for the rest of the match, taking all three points from Sunderland at the Stadium of Light today. The Hornets have now won three straight Premier League matches.
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Watford got out to an early lead just four minutes into the match through their top striker Odion Ighalo. Allan Nyom‘s cross from the right wing found a sliding Ighalo, who scored in his third straight match for the Hornets. With ten goals on the season, Ighalo is now the third-highest scorer in the league, tied with Riyad Mahrez and behind only Jamie Vardy and Romelu Lukaku.
The opening 15 minutes were all Watford, and the lead was somehow kept at just one after a mad scramble in the box. Ighalo cut by his defender and beat the goalkeeper from a tight angle, only to see his shot cleared off the line. Almen Abdi‘s rebound was blocked, and Juan Manuel Jurado smashed the third attempt off the post.
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After early domination by the visitors, Sunderland finally found their footing and began to see a bit of the ball. Out-of-form striker Fabio Borini nearly found his first goal in 18 months to level, but slid a shot just wide of the far post.
Sunderland pushed on more in the second half, but Quique Sanchez Flores’ Watford side stayed very tight defensively. Up a goal away from home, the Hornets kept their shape and made it difficult for Sunderland to break through.
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Sam Allardyce brought on Jermain Defoe with 20 minutes to play in an effort to find an equalizer for Sunderland, and he nearly found it immediately. The veteran striker moved in behind the defense and put the ball in the back of the net, only to be flagged for offside.
The Black Cats continued to push forward in search of a goal, but Watford stood strong to continue their climb up the table.