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Championship: Ajayi Suffers Heavy With Rotherham, Etebo In Action As Stoke City Draw At Home

Championship: Ajayi Suffers Heavy With Rotherham, Etebo In Action  As Stoke City Draw At Home

Super Eagles defender Semi Ajayi suffered an agonising defeat with Rotherham United who were pummelled 7-1 by their hosts Derby County in their English Championship clash at the Pride Park on Saturday, Completesports.com reports.

Ajayi who was in action for the Super Eagles in their two games during the recent international break against Seychelles and Egypt was in action for 90 minutes for Rotherham.


The versatile defender has appeared in 39 Championship games for Rotherham United and has scored seven times.

Young Nigerian forward Joshua Kayode was benched in the game. The 18-year-old has not made a competitive appearance for Rotherham first team.

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Ambrose Efe who penned a short-term contract with Derby County in February was overlooked once again by the club’s manager Frank Lampard.

Ambrose is yet to make his competitive debut for the Rams.

At the Bet365 Stadium, Ogenekaro Etebo who only returned to Stoke City after the international break on Friday was involved from start to finish in the Potters’ home draw against Sheffield Wednesday.

Etebo has scored once in 27 Championship appearances for Nathan Jones’ men.

In another Championship clash, Sammy Ameobi played for 89 minutes in Bolton Wanderers 2-1 away win against Queens Park Rangers at the Loftus Road.

Ameobi who has featured 26 times and scored four goals for Bolton was replaced by Clayton Donaldson a minute from time.

QPR Nigerian forward Eberechi Eze was benched in the game.

By Adeboye Amosu

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  • It was good to see Ajayi back in action after the international break but even the 6feet-4inch defensive midfielder would wish he had done better in the build up to Derby’s 3rd goal as he was dispossessed too easily in the middle of the park.

    Derby ran riot to record a 6:1 Victory as Semi could not do much to help his team avoid such an embarrassing score line.

    Etebo’s goal scoring stats suggested that it was highly unlikely for Olympic football ace to add to his first goal in 27 games for Stoke since moving to England and so it proved as his name was nowhere near the scoresheet today.

    In fact, no member of his tea found the back of the net in their 0:0 draw.

    Mikel Obi, who wasn’t in action for Nigeria during the International break, couldn’t do much as Hernandez’ shot went through his legs before beating the goalkeeper near-post for Norwich’s first and only goal today.

    That is not a sight Super Eagles fans will be hoping to see in Egypt should the captain return back to international duties.