Red-hot Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo’s 65th minute stunner has been voted the best goal of the day in the Championship in a Sky Sports News poll.
The Watford forward who has bagged 19 goals so far this term curled in shot to seal his side’s win at the Vicarage road on Easter Monday.
The wonder-goal from the Nigerian polled 33% to beat off competition from Alex Mowatt (25% of the vote), (Daniel Johnson 12% of the vote) and (Ollie Lee 30% of the vote).
Ighalo’s goal helped his side move up second on the table with 76 points in 41 games, a point behind league leaders AFC Bournemouth.
He has so far scored 19 goals in the Skybet Championship for the EPL chasers Watford.
Meanwhile, Ighalo insists that the backing of Watford fans will be crucial in helping the side as they try to reach the Premier League. The Watford front-man spectacularly notched his 19th strike of a goal-laden campaign to add to Troy Deeney’s first-half effort as the ‘Orns beat promotion rivals Middlesbrough 2-0 on Easter Monday lunchtime.
The contest was watched by a crowd of nearly 20,000 packed inside Vicarage, and the Nigerian is adamant that same level of support for the remaining five matches is crucial if the Golden Boys are to achieve promotion. “The crowd were fantastic. After the game on Friday against Derby County I asked the fans to come along and give everything for us from the first minute until the last,” he told Hornets Player.
“We saw them doing that from start to finish today and that makes me really happy. They’ve been amazing right from the beginning of the season, and if they keep going as they are, with them, we can make it to the Premier League.” Since making his move to the club permanent in October last year, Ighalo has endeared himself to the Watford faithful. His strike against Middlesbrough which nestled into the top corner of the net in front of the Rookery was another terrific goal to add to his impressive tally. “
The guys inside the dressing room told me that the goal was a nice one, so I’m looking forward to being able to watch it again,” he remarked. “Once I get the chance to see it then I can decide whether or not it’s the best one I’ve scored since being at Watford.
“I chopped across the ball with my right foot and then hit it with my left. I’m not sure whether it was inside or outside of the box.
“I get some stick from the rest of the lads because they tell me I only score goals from inside the box – that’s why I thought I’d try something like that today, and I’m delighted it went in.”
The victory over Aitor Karanka’s high-flying Teessiders secured another crucial three points in the Hornets’ promotion push, and with the top four sides now separated by just two points, the striker emphasised how critical the win was.
“I’m happy for the victory this afternoon because it was a difficult game against a very good side,” he said.
“Middlesbrough were top of the league, so to win today to keep us up near the top of the table is very pleasing for us.
“The three points are vital because they keep our hopes and dreams of automatic promotion alive.”