Birmingham - Rock-bottom Aston Villa were
beaten 3-2 by an Odion Ighalo inspired Watford on Saturday and have just five
points after a deflating 11th defeat in 14 Premier League games.
Villa's recently-installed boss Remi Garde
oversaw a draw with Manchester City in his first game in charge before last
week's 4-0 thumping at Everton.
Watford's Spanish coach Quique Sanchez
Flores seems to have instilled a vibrant feel good factor in his charges, who
have now notched up 19 points from 14 games.
Their 26-year-old Nigerian striker Odion
Ighalo was the man of the match as he scored one and had a hand in Watford's
other two goals.
First he took his season's tally to eight
on 17 minutes when a loose ball fell to him eight yards out and he stroked it
past Brad Guzan in the Villa goal.
Former Manchester City defender Micah
Richards bagged an equaliser for Villa just before the break with a glancing
header after he rose to meet a deep free kick.
Play was held up for six minutes as Watford
'keeper Heurelho Gomes was stretchered off after a nasty head collision with
his own defender Craig Cathcart.
But an Alan Hutton own goal put Watford
back in front as play restarted on 69 minutes when he toe-poked the ball past
his own 'keeper in a desperate attempt to stop the ball rolling to Ighalo to
make it 2-1
The Nigerian was in the thick of the third
goal too, swivelling before lashing in a shot from the edge of the area that
Richards blocked before the onrushing Troy Deeney headed powerfully home to
make it 3-1 for the visitors.
Ghana international Jordan Ayew then curled
in a peach of a consolation goal late in the game to peg it back to 3-2.