As the English Premier League begins the countdown to the busy Christmas schedule, Owngoalnigeria.com bring to you a review of how Nigerian players performed in Match Day 16 games.
Sunderland 0-1 Chelsea
Victor Anichebe missed out on this tie with a suspected knock for Sunderland, who also had Nigerian wonderkid Josh Maja on the bench for the entire duration of the game, meanwhile Victor Moses was once again among the top performers for Chelsea, even though he picked up a booking and got substituted in time added on.
Middlesbrough 0-3 Liverpool
Former Nigeria U-17 trainee Ovie Ejaria added to his first team appearances for Liverpool this season, playing in the three minutes of their win over Middlesbrough which takes them back to second position, level on points with Arsenal but ahead on goal difference
Manchester City 2-0 Watford
Kelechi Iheanacho was an unused substitute in Man City’s 2-0 win over Watford with the 20 year old axed after an insipid display against Leicester City over the weekend.
Widely tipped as the replacement for the suspended Sergio Kun Aguero, he failed to live up to expectations in their 2-4 loss to Leicester City and watched from the bench as goals from Pablo Zabaleta and David Silva game them a 2-0 win.
For Watford Odion Ighalo was reinstated into the starting line up by coach Walter Mazzari but fired blanks, including a clear chance to draw his side level while Isacc Success returned back to playing coming on after an hour, a sign of the fact that he has shaken off the injury that has kept him away for two months.