Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores was delighted to see Odion Ighalo on the scoresheet against Newcastle after turning down multiple offers.
The Nigerian’s first-half deadly double proved to be enough to see off Newcastle and the Hornets manager was keen to praise not only Ighalo, but the whole squad for their approach to life in the Premier League.
“He took a decision two months ago to stay here at Watford – he had offers from other teams,” Flores said.
“He decided to stay here with us, so it’s clever because he saw something in the football that is good for him.
“He is involved a lot with the team in training during the week, so for us, he is a very important player.
“But I like to talk about the full squad because they are fighting like heroes every single week, they are playing really, really well. They try to improve every time and give the best they have, so it’s not only one man.
“It was nice for Ighalo, but it was a very good performance from the whole squad.”
“I am really happy with the performance of the players. I think we deserved the result.
“We respect Newcastle – they tried to play well, strong and tried to give their best, but I am really happy with the performance.”