Ighalo Gets Coach’s Backing On Goal Scoring

Ighalo Gets Coach’s Backing On Goal Scoring

By Izuchukwu Okosi

The inability of Super Eagles striker Jude Odion Ighalo, Nigerian-born Canada international Kalu Anya and other Watford attacking players to score in their last three Barclays Premier League games has been defended by the manager Quique Sanchez Flores.

The Foxes were defeated 2-0 at The Etihad Stadium on Saturday by table toppers Manchester City but rather than launch an attack on his players for lack of goals, Flores remained diplomatic in his assessment of his players. 

Ighalo played for 72 minutes in the game against City on Saturday before he was substituted by Mexican defender Miguel Layun. 

Watford held Everton to a 2-2 draw in their first game of the season, with Ighalo scoring the second goal for his team few minutes after coming on as a substitute in the second half.

The team have followed up that performance with two consecutive goalless draws against West Bromwich Albion and Southampton, but Flores told the British media he was satisfied with the performance of Ighalo and other forwards.

Watford were pinned back for large parts of Saturday's game and were restricted to only one clear chance, which fell to substitute Ikechi Anya in the second half.

Flores insisted that the job of scoring goals must be shared by his whole squad as they seek to end their goal drought, saying: "I'm not too worried with this situation, as I think it is very normal.

"We have to be positive, to work, and not focus only on (Troy) Deeney and (Odion) Ighalo and these kinds of players. The goals will come from a lot of players in the squad."

He praised his side's first-half performance, which kept City goalless at half time, saying: "I think that we played well in the first half in defensive terms, but it was difficult to resist City for the full match.

"It was very, very difficult to play against this kind of opponent; they have a lot of quality in their passing, and their physicality is amazing.

"For the future, we want to learn from this kind of experience."

With four days remaining for teams to name their 25-man squad following the closing of the transfer window, Flores hinted there could be more players arriving at Watford.

He said: "I try to change players in the positions I think we need energy. We need energy from a secondary striker and on the wing."