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Saturday 10 December 2016

Quique Sanchez Flores confident in Watford strike pair

Published 04/03/2016 | 16:16

Quique Sanchez Flores expects Troy Deeney, left, and Odion Ighalo to rediscover their goalscoring touch
Quique Sanchez Flores expects Troy Deeney, left, and Odion Ighalo to rediscover their goalscoring touch

Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores is confident his strike partnership of Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney will soon rediscover their golden touch.

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The Hornets host table-toppers Leicester on Saturday in what is set to be a pivotal match in the race for the Barclays Premier League title.

But Watford will head into the encounter short on goals after failing to find the back of the net in six of their last eight league matches.

Indeed only Aston Villa and Newcastle, both in the relegation zone, and Swansea have scored fewer goals than Watford this term.

"Creating attempts is the most important thing, but we create attempts so I am not worried," said Flores, whose side have 29 goals from 28 matches this season.

"There are teams in the Premier League who have scored less goals than us, so we are not the absolute worst team in these terms.

"The most important thing is the balance we have created since the beginning - the goals we have conceded and the goals we have scored - and our (goal difference) is zero from 28 matches.

"Simply, we need to be more effective but I have a lot of confidence in Deeney and Ighalo and the second line that we should score some day."

Ighalo's strong start to the season saw him linked with a high-profile move away from Watford, with both Arsenal and Manchester United reported to be among his pursuers in the transfer window.

But the Nigerian has scored just one league goal in 2016, while strike partner Deeney has only two goals to his name since the turn of the year - both in Watford's 2-1 victory at Crystal Palace.

Flores added: "The situation of Ighalo is that he is fit, he is creating attempts, he is our main player, our main striker, and our reference in attack.

"In the last match against Manchester United he created five attempts, and three more against Bournemouth, so in one instance he is ready to score.

"Some day, maybe tomorrow, he will finish the bad run and he will be able to score again."

Watford have dropped to 12th in the league following their midweek defeat against United. The Hornets put up a stern display at Old Trafford, but were undone by a late Juan Mata free-kick.

"The morale of Leicester is very high but our morale is also high," Flores added ahead of his side's clash against Claudio Ranieri's side.

"We are playing well and we are confident after playing against Man United. I want to win tomorrow but Leicester deserve to be top of the league.

"It is amazing what they are doing so it is normal that people are complementing this team. How Claudio Ranieri is leading them and how the players are playing is amazing. We are ready for an amazing match."

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