Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo started on the bench for the third consecutive game for Watford who lost 1-0 to Stoke City at Vicarage Road on Sunday, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
Heurelho Gomes’ own goal in the 29th minute denied the Hornets a chance to move up to sixth in the Premier League table.
The defeat ended Watford’s four-game unbeaten run at home, a run in which they have beaten Manchester United, Leicester and Hull while drawing 2-2 against Bournemouth, but they struggled to land another victory.
Ighalo who last scored a goal for Walter Mazzari’s side in September against West Ham came on for Jose Holebas in the 56th minute of the game for his 11th game of the campaign.
Jonathan Walters was first to make an attempt at goal in the 19th minute but his header from a free-kick flashed wide of goal as the first half ended 1-0 in favour of Stoke.
In the second half, Mazzari brought on Ighalo and Italy striker with Nigerian heritage, Stefano Okaka, in a bid to salvage a draw but a second bookable offence from Miguel Britos in the final minutes dashed hopes of any comeback.
Watford who failed to create a chance in the encounter will hope to bounce back to winning ways next weekend away to West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns.
The win for Stoke took Mark Hughes to 10th spot in the EPL table.
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