Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo says he is happy to score the Watford’s’s two goals against West Ham in Saturday’s Barclays Premier League game.
Speaking after the game, the Super Eagles striker who has been invited by coach Sunday Oliseh for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Swaziland, praised West Ham for giving Watford a tough game.
“We know they are a very good team but we stuck to our game-plan and what the gaffer told us to do, and it really worked,” he told the Watford Weekend Post.
“He told us to try and keep [Dimitri] Payet as much away from the goal as possible, because if he’s very close he’s very dangerous, so we were always pushing and letting him come back to get the ball.
“I think that really worked, we really pushed ourselves and we took the chances that came, so we are very happy about the game.
“I’m happy about my goals, but I’m most pleased about the team performance. We played very well today and we deserved the win and the three points.”
The win was Watford’s second in a row and they are ninth in the Premier League table after 11 games.
Ighalo believes the team spirit that exists within the first-team squad has been crucial to their success so far.
“We’ve been performing great this season, not just today, and we’ve been working hard together,” he said.
“The team have been pushing, we run for each other, we fight for each other, and it’s been great.
“I’m happy for the spirit today, we won last week and that gave us a boost to push on.
“We were playing at home and I think our game-plan really worked today, so we are very happy.”