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Championship: Ajayi Hits Brace In Rotterham’s Win At QPR, Mikel Subbed Off; Etebo Missing

Championship: Ajayi Hits Brace In Rotterham’s Win At QPR, Mikel Subbed Off; Etebo Missing

Super Eagles defender Semi Ajayi bagged his second brace of the season when he hit a double for Rotherham United who beat Queens Park Rangers 2-1 at Loftus Road on Wednesday reports Completesports.com.

The Nigerian international lashed an unstoppable shot into the bottom corner in the 71st minute to hand the Millers the lead but Osayi-Samuel bundled home the leveller from close-range for QPR.

The 25-year-old, Ajayi sealed a crucial win for Rotherham when he rose high to power home a header from Anthony Forde’s free-kick to give his side their first victory over QPR for 68 years in additional time.

The brace took his tally to seven goals in 40 appearances for Rotherham United this season in all competitions. Ajayi has now scored five goals in his last four games for Rotherham United.

Rotherham United are now still in the relegation zone on goal difference, while QPR stay in 18th, seven points above the drop.

At Pride Park, Oghenekaro Etebo and Efe Ambrose were both missing in action for Stoke City and Derby County who played out a goalless draw.

The draw sees Derby move back above Bristol City into sixth spot in the Championship, but they are still 17 points off Leeds in second.

 Championship: Ajayi Hit Brace In Rotterham's Win At QPR, Mikel Subbed Off; Etebo Missing

John Mikel Obi made his eight English Championship appearance for Middlesbrough on Wednesday who lost 2-1 to Preston North End at the Riverside.

Ashley Fletcher gave Middlesbrough a 32nd-minute lead as his shot deflected off Jordan Storey and past Declan Rudd.

Daniel Ayala’s 60th-minute red card for a foul on Brandon Barker saw Middlesbrough reduced to ten man.

Paul Gallagher levelled from the free-kick that came from Ayala’s red card before substitute Jayden Stockley headed North End to victory with nine minutes left.

It was the third defeat the Teessiders have suffered since Mikel arrived.

By Johnny Edward.

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  • Bomboy 2 years ago

    Hope Efe Ambrose didn’t make a mistake by moving to England? They literally begged him to stay but he chose to move on.

    I remember his career was at a standstill until it was revived by the same coach he just snubbed.

    Hope he finds his way in England soon enough.

  • Pompei 2 years ago

    Semi Ajayi, the goal scoring DM! Yaya Toure in the making? The lad seems to be very adept at long range shooting, and with his height, he also gets goals with his head. Long may this goal grabbing trend continue. BTW, Eberechi Eze also had a good game for QPR.

    • Chima E Samuels 2 years ago


    • Plus the other goal in the match, the QPR goal was scored by another Nigerian player Bright Osayi-Samuels

  • Chima E Samuels 2 years ago

    Has anyone realized that when players especially SE players start prioritizing club before national team then their career start taking a U-turn??? I’m talking about capt Mikel after Victor Moses, before coming back to England he made an announcement of IG that he can’t wait to comeback to SE. And after posting excellent performance week in and out we started hearing he needs time to adjust in England before coming back to SE now we are beginning to see Middlesbrough’s result of a late dwindling. I hope Nigerian players will learn from this thing called Karma regardless of whatever, your national team is a blessing to you take it or leave it because the moment you have made an appearance and start to reject it then you are on your own. Semi Ajayi like the gentleman above stated is another Yaya Toure in the making he has got brilliant moves and strikes accurately with both feet and head plus dominant movement I was beginning to liken him to Yaya. I just hope coach Rohr uses him well to his full potential and not make him lukewarm.

    • Edoman of NewJersey,USA 2 years ago

      Whoever says no to super eagle’s call never prosper. But whoever says yes goes on to have life more abundant ever after. Believe me

    • Glory. 2 years ago

      Very true. These players start to Forget that the country and fans made them to be who they are, once they have made it. You don’t underestimate the powerful influence the support of millions of fans can have on your carrier.