Quique Sánchez Flores and Odion Ighalo have been rewarded for Watford’s impressive form in December with the respective Premier League manager and player of the month awards.

Flores’s side picked up 10 points in five December games – beating Norwich, Sunderland and Liverpool and drawing at Chelsea – to establish themselves in the top half of the table, and have won plaudits for their style of play. Flores beat fellow nominees Arsène Wenger, Claudio Ranieri and Alan Pardew to the Barclays manager of the month award.

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Ighalo scored five goals during the month, including two in the emphatic 3-0 win over Liverpool. Also nominated for the player of the month prize were Mesut Özil, Marko Arnautovic, Riyad Mahrez, Romelu Lukaku and Dele Alli to the award.

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