John Mikel Obi was handed the Middlesbrough captaincy armband and he got one over his international teammate Oghenekaro Etebo as Boro beat Stoke City 1-0 in their Championship clash at the Riverside Stadium on Friday, Completesports.com reports.
Britt Assombalonga scored the decisive goal for Middlesbrough in the second minute of the encounter.
Both Mikel and Etebo were in action for their respective clubs for the entire duration of the game.
Etebo has scored two goals in 31 Championship games for Stoke City since linking up with the Potters last summer from Portuguese club CD Feirense.
Mikel on the other hand is yet to register a goal in 15 appearances for Boro.
The win boost Boro’s chances of picking a play-off spot at the end of the season.
At the Liberty Stadium, Semi Ajayi played for 57th minutes in Rotherham United’s 4-3 away loss to Swansea City.
Ajayi who picked up a yellow card in the 13th minute was replaced by Richard Towell.
The Championship player of the month has racked up 43 appearances for the Millers and scored seven goals.
Efe Ambrose was overlooked again as Derby County held their hosts Birmingham City to a 2-2 draw.
Ambrose is yet to make a single appearance for the Rams since joining them on a short term deal earlier in the year.
By Adeboye Amosu