New Nigerian international defender Semi Ajayi was once again outstanding for Rotherham as they drew 2-2 with Compatriot Oghenekaro Etebos Stoke City on Saturday
Ajayi who continues to justify Gernot Rohr handing him his senior international debut for Nigeria against the Seychelles last month was awarded the official 🍾Man of the Match by Sky sports for his impressive showing in the game at the New York Stadium
Ajayi playing back in his preferred central defensive role defended admirably alongside Ricahrd Wood as they nullified any threat from the Stoke attack
The 24 year old had 36 touches and made 8 clearances the most in the match.
He won 8 of his 11 duels and made 3 successful tackles
The former Arsenal trainee was nothing short of a man mountain for Paul Warne’s side on Saturday evening. Time after time he won the battle with Benik Afobe and very rarely put a foot wrong, if at all.
Rotherham were running away with all 3 points until a dramatic late equalizer by Bojan shared the spoils for the 2 sides
Ryan Manning netted for the Millers from the spot in the 47th minute before Richie Towell added another just 3 minutes latter to give the Potters a 2 goal lead
However Tom Ince pulled one back before former Barcelona star Bojan who came on in Place of another Nigerian Etebo scored his dramatic equalizer
The usually all action Etebo was not too convincing for Stoke this time and was taken off on 66 minutes for Bojan
He seemed to struggle when paired with Allen and Woods in the Stoke city midfield
The Nigerian world cup midfielder had calls for a penalty waved away after he was disposed in the 18 by a superbly timed challenge from Rotherhams Mattock in the 53rd minute
The draw leaves Stoke and Rotherham 17th and 18th in the Sky Bet Championship standings respectively