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Dec 12, 2015 at 3pm UK at Stadium of Light
Attendance: 43,989
Sunderland
0-1
Watford
FT(HT: 0-1)
Ighalo (4')

Result: Odion Ighalo strike earns Watford win over Sunderland

An early Odion Ighalo goal gives Watford a 1-0 win over Sunderland in their Premier League clash at the Stadium of Light.

An early Odion Ighalo goal has given Watford a 1-0 win over Sunderland in their Premier League clash this afternoon.

Odion Ighalo (2nd R) of Watford scores his team's first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Watford at the Stadium of Light on December 12, 2015© Getty Images

Watford controlled the game's opening moments, and took an early lead after just four minutes when Allan Nyom picked out Ighalo from the right, before the Nigeria international finished past Sunderland goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon.

The Hornets missed two good chances to extend their lead as Pantilimon kept out an Almen Abdi effort, while Ighalo tried his luck in a difficult position, only for the former Manchester City man to deny the striker in the bottom corner.

Sunderland striker Fabio Borini spurned two chances to net a first-half equaliser, as the former Liverpool man fired wide from a tight angle, before missing the target from a corner.

The hosts continued to push for a goal after the break, and came agonisingly close to an opening on 52 minutes through substitute Jack Rodwell, who was denied by Heurelho Gomes from 25 yards.

Rodwell tried his luck from distance again moments later, but the former Everton man's effort went high and wide, before the midfielder was picked out in the box by Duncan Watmore, only to miss the target.

Sunderland almost found an equaliser when Watmore fired narrowly wide from 25 yards, while both keepers were called into action as Pantilimon denied Ighalo, before Gomes kept out a Defoe effort at the other end of the pitch.

Sam Allardyce's side came agonisingly close to snatching a late point when Watmore flicked a Yann M'Vila cross towards Adam Johnson, only for the substitute to drill his effort wide.

Ighalo could have wrapped up the victory with a second goal before the final whistle, as Troy Deeney led a swift counter attack before picking out Ighalo, only for the goalscorer to be denied by Pantilimon.

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Fabio Borini of Sunderland in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and West Ham United at the Stadium of Light on October 3, 2015 in Sunderland United Kingdom
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