By Johnny Edward:
Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo took his Premier League goals tally to four after scoring a first-half brace for Watford in Saturday’s 2-1 win away at Newcastle United.
The Nigerian international, who earned a recall to the national team for next month’s friendly matches against Congo and Cameroun in Belgium opened scoring in the tenth minute and doubled his lead 18 minutes later. It was Ighalo’s sixth appearance this season.
Ighalo has now scored 20 goals in 2015, the most by any player in all four divisions of English football.
At Stamford Bridge MIkel Obi made a cameo appearance for Chelsea who defeated nine-man Arsenal 2-0. The Nigerian international who has made three appearances this season replaced Cesc Fabregas in the 90th minute.
At Villa Park, Victor Anichebe was not listed for West Brom who defeated Aston Villa by a lone goal in front of 36,321 fans. Anichebe has featured once this term.
In the Championship, Sone ALuko made his seventh appearance for Hull City who drew 1-1 at home to Queens Park Rangers. He was replaced by Shaun Maloney in the 68th minute of the draw.
His compatriot, Moses Odubajo, was on from start to finish while Chuba Akpom was subbed on for Alex Bruce in the 64th minute for his seventh appearance of the season.
At the New York Stadium, Sammy Ameobi could only earn himself a yellow card in his fifth start for Cardiff City who lost 2-1 loss to Rotherham United on Saturday. The Newcastle United loanee has scored once since joining the Welsh team.
In Germany, Anthony Ujah failed to add to his two goals in the Bundesliga for Werder Bremen who lost 1-0 to Ingolstadt at the Weser-Stadion. It was his fifth start this season.
In Turkey Godfdrey Oboabona scored his first goal of the season for Rizespor in their 5-1 spanking of Antalyaspor.
The Nigerian defender opened the floodgate of goals for his side in the third minute but went into the referee’s book in the 55th minute for a foul.