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Quique Sanchez Flores loves in-form Watford strikers Odion Ighalo & Troy Deeney

Published 05/12/2015

Odion Ighalo celebrates after scoring Watford's second goal of the afternoon
Odion Ighalo celebrates after scoring Watford's second goal of the afternoon

Quique Sanchez Flores revealed his love for Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney after Watford's impressive strike duo netted in the defeat of Norwich.

Deeney's first-half penalty means he has scored in four consecutive matches, while Ighalo wrapped up a 2-0 win in injury time with his ninth Barclays Premier League goal of the season.

Between them, Ighalo, who snubbed a lucrative move to China in the summer and signed a five-year deal, and Deeney have scored 14 of Watford's 17 league goals this season.

"I love my strikers and I love the team we have," Flores said after seeing his side move up to an impressive ninth in the league.

"We have passion, we have ambition and we have soul. I have an amazing feeling with these players and they are loving the Premier League.

"They are playing well and they are doing the best they have inside. Deeney feels passion for this team and Ighalo took a very good decision months ago when he had the opportunity to go and he stayed here."

On a cold and blustery afternoon at Vicarage Road, Watford avenged last season's 3-0 defeats home and away to Norwich in the Championship.

With 30 minutes gone, Etienne Capoue dispossessed Alex Tettey, who was dithering on the ball, and in his attempts to make amends for his error, the returning Norwich skipper then hauled Ighalo down.

Referee Mike Dean had no hesitation in pointing to the spot and Deeney sent Declan Rudd - chosen by Norwich boss Alex Neil to start ahead of John Ruddy - the wrong way.

Ighalo was a constant thorn in Norwich's side and got the goal his impressive display warranted, shrugging off the attentions of Sebastien Bassong to slip the ball under Rudd in stoppage time.

"It was a difficult victory for us because Norwich started the match well," Flores added.

"We needed to stop that so we tried to create a very good balance between offensive and defensive, and step-by-step, little-by-little we started to play a little bit better."

Norwich, 16th in the table, now have just one victory in their last 10 league matches, with frustrated manager Neil ruing Tettey's error and critical of Robbie Brady, who had two chances to haul the visitors level in the second half.

"The game itself was not great," Neil said. "The conditions did not help and, to be honest, there was nothing in the game until we made an error at the back and we cost ourselves a penalty.

"There was not a great deal of football played and as we tried to push for the goal in the second half Robbie Brady had two decent opportunities.

"One fell on to his left foot to have a shot on goal and he screwed it wide, and with the second one he could not get on the ball properly. His first touch was poor and it ran through to the goalkeeper."

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