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Dare-devil striker Ighalo breaks Watford record; Mikel sets appearance record with Chelsea

By News Express on 27/12/2015

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Dare-devil striker Odion Ighalo has set history as the first Watford player to score in five consecutive in the English Premier League.

The Super Eagles forward was on target against Chelsea in Saturday’s English topflight encounter.

Ighalo was not closed down as he dribbled into the box and his left-footed strike deflected off Cahill, wrong-footing Courtois and sneaking inside the near post.

“We fought to the end. We knew we would get something from the game if we kept on like that,” he said after the game.

His brace against Liverpool last week saw him equal Deeney’s record few days after becoming the Hornets’ highest goalscorer ever in the English Premier League.

The 26-year-old now boasts of 13 goals in 18 appearances for his side this season has weighed in with two assists.

The Nigerian has a record of 115.5 minutes per goal in the English top-flight this term.

Watford are seventh on the log with 29 points from 18 games and will host Tottenham Hotspur on Monday.

Meanwhile, veteran Nigerian international midfield dynamo John Mikel Obi became the 21st player to make 350 appearances for Chelsea in the Blues’ 2-2 draw against Watford in Saturday’s English Premier League fixture.

The Nigerian was a 46th minute substitute for Cesc Fabregas as Guus Hiddink’s team failed to subdue the Hornets at the Stamford Bridge.

Also, the feat makes him become the club’s third-highest overseas appearance maker since his move from Lyn Oslo in 2006.

“Personally it is going to be great for me if I can achieve that number,’ Mikel told Chelsea website before the game against Quique Sanchez Flores’ team.

“I also want to push on and see how many more appearances I can get. For me it has been a great time here, I still enjoy it and ever since I walked into this football club I knew this was the place for me.

“I am so happy and so proud of the amount of games I have played for this club and at the same time using these games to win trophies and medals. This is the most important thing.

“For the past 10 years we have helped build the reputation of this club and Chelsea is up there in world football. I am so proud of what I have achieved and I still want to keep going.”

16 of Mikel’s 349 matches came during Hiddink’s first spell in charge of the Roman Army.

•Photo shows Ighalo celebrating his goal against Chelsea . . . Saturday at Stamford Bridge.

Source News Express

Posted 27/12/2015 05:51:42 AM

 

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