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First of Many Goals to Come from Me – Ighalo

Valentine Chinyem

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Odion Ighalo, has said his goal against Everton, in Watford’s first premiership match this season, is one of many goals to come from him.

Ighalo’s 83rd-minute-strike put his side 2-1 up at Goodison Park and although Arouna Kone’s equaliser prevented it from being the winning goal, the 25-year-old is delighted with his first taste of life in the top flight.

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“Scoring my first Premier League goal was one of the moments I had waited for all my life,” he told BBC Sport.

“I can do even better as long as I keep working hard, and I think my goal is the first of many to come.

“When I was in Nigeria I used to watch the Premier League and hope one day I would play there.

“Even though I started the match on the substitutes’ bench I was so happy, but when I came on and scored a goal in a game like that against a good side it was such a joy.

“I have played and scored in the Italian league and the Spanish league. It’s great that I’ve now done it in England.

“As a striker, when you are scoring you gain more confidence. I will keep my head up and keep learning every day so I can do the best for myself and for the team.”

The point picked in the league opener has also boosted Ighalo’s confidence that his side can avoid relegation this season.

“It is not going to be easy. We need to keep pushing game by game. But I think we have a team that can stay up,” he said.

“We have to focus on each game, fight hard and get as many points as we can and then we can survive the drop.”

Ighalo joined Watford on loan from Italian side Udinese in July 2014 and made the move permanent in October the same year.

He has already scored 21 goals for the Hornets, many of which earned them promotion to the elite division.