‘We need to take the pressure off Deeney and Ighalo’

Quique Sanchez Flores remains unconcerned by Watford’s lean spell in front of goal ahead of the trip to Crystal Palace.

The Hornets have found the back of the net just six times in their last nine games and have fired a blank in four of their last five. They have scored only three more than Aston Villa at home this season while Norwich have only two less than them on the road. Troy Deeney and Ighalo have 20 of the team’s 27 league goals this season.

“We need to push and support Ighalo and Deeney,” said Sanchez Flores. “We try and think of solutions. I’m not afraid about the goals.”


Sebastian Prodl almost became the eighth different player (nine if you include ‘own goal’) on the scoresheet when he powered a first-half header straight at Thibaut Courtois in the last home game.

“There is a lot of pressure on the shoulders of Troy and Ighalo as they did well so far,” he said. “They lead us to successful time. It should be part of the next week to take pressure of them and score goals from some different players. We knew this situation could happen. We are all experienced players. We have to stay focus but it’s an issue, yes.”