- John Obi Mikel has earned praises from Watford star Will Hughes
- The Watford midfielder believes the 33-year-old's solid performance gave his side a tough time in the game
- Stoke City ended up losing the game 2-1 on home turf as they occupy the eighth position on the log
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Will Hughes has heaped praises on Super Eagles legend John Obi Mikel after shinning during Watford's 2-1 triumph over Stoke City at the Bet365 Stadium earlier this weekend.
The 33-year-old saw action all through 90 minutes of the Championship game and made it difficult for the visitors to operate in the midfield.
Two second-half goals from Troy Deeney and Ismaila Sarr helped the Hornets overcome Michael O'Neill's men on their turf.
While Steven Fletcher's 83rd-minute strike only ended up a mere consolation after both sides failed to find the back of the net in the opening half.
It was Chelsea legend's 20th appearance of the season across competitions for the Potters so far this campaign as Stoke sit eighth on the log with 37 points after 26 matches. Hughes told the club website.
“We did a lot better in the second half with how we pressed because their formation caused us a few issues in the first half.
“The three in midfield caused us some problems in terms of who was going out to press who and [John] Obi Mikel had a lot of the ball, so we found it hard.
“In the second half we stayed higher up the pitch and pressed a bit more and when you do that in this league you’re not going to find many teams who can play through it. When you apply pressure you’re going to get the ball in the right areas and create things.”
Watford are currently third on the table with 46 points - the same as Swansea City while Norwich City remain at the summit with 53 points.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Nigerian striker Henry Onyekuru has landed in Turkey to complete his loan switch to the Super Lig side Galatasaray from French outfit AS Monaco.
The 23-year-old Super Eagles forward who had played on loan at the same club twice is set for a third spell.
Onyekuru scored 17 goals and recorded eight assists in 56 appearances during his two previous stints with the club.
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