Watford - Odion Ighalo scored the only goal of the game against Swansea on
Saturday to earn 10-man Watford their first win at the fifth attempt since
promotion to the English top flight.
The Nigeria international celebrated signing a new five-year contract on Friday
when sweeping home in the 59th minute after keeper Heurelho Gomes' long punt up
field with Troy Deeney's headed knockdown setting up unmarked Ighalo to finish
the move in style.
Seconds earlier the 26-year-old striker who joined the Hornets from Udinese
in 2014 had gone close only to shoot wide from six yards.
The precious 1-0 victory over the previously unbeaten Swansea lifted Watford
from 17th to 12th, above the likes of champions Chelsea, fellow newcomers
Bournemouth and Tottenham.
Watford's afternoon wasn't all plain sailing as they had to play the closing
25 minutes a man down after Swiss midfielder Valon Behrami's reckless studs-up
challenge on Andre Ayew above the knee earning him a straight red card.
Victor Ibarbo, who arrived on a season-long loan from Roma on deadline day,
received international clearance and was named on the Watford bench by Quique
Swansea manager Garry Monk fielded his strongest side with Jonjo Shelvey,
fresh from his England call-up, marshalling the midfield, and Wayne Routledge
preferred to Jefferson Montero.
In-form Swansea's best chance of the game came when Bafetimbi Gomis, who had
scored in each of their opening four games, had a shot denied by Gomes before
the half-hour point.
Gomis had gone close with an acrobatic volley in first-half injury time.
In a lively encounter Watford's Etienne Capoue forced Swansea keeper Lukasz
Fabianski into action on a number of occasions, including in the 80th minute
with a dangerous angled attempt.
Swansea's first defeat of the campaign saw Monk's side slip two places to