Sunday, 20 December 2015

Watford shock Liverpool, goal-shy West Ham held


Nigerian international Odion Ighalo scored twice as a buoyant Watford won 3-0 at home to Liverpool on Sunday to consolidate seventh position in the Premier League, only one point behind the top four.


Watford's 0dion ighalo (middle)

In the day's other game, West Ham United stayed eighth after a fourth successive draw -- the last three of them goalless -- when they were held by managerless Swansea City, who are still in the bottom three.
The lacklustre defeat by Watford was a bad blow for Juergen Klopp's side, who would have overtaken them with a win but remained ninth, having taken only one point from three games.
Not since April 1987 have Watford, promoted to the top flight this season, won four successive games at this level of English football.
"It was an amazing victory against an amazing team," Quique Sanchez Flores, Watford's manager, told the press .
Yet the Spaniard was keen not to get too carried away with his side's progress. "We should be humble, we have a lot of matches to play," he added.
"Four wins back-to-back is massive and starts our so-called tough run that everyone's talking about," jubilant captain Troy Deeney added on club website.
"We're just doing our stuff and people have got to be worried to come here now."
Deeney and Ighalo have now scored 17 of the team's 21 goals between them this season. The captain, who plays just behind his team-mate, offered an insight into their understanding when describing the first goal.

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