Ajayi, Ameobi paint England with goals as Ndidi, Solanke, Mikel Obi shine for their clubs

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BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 09: Semi Ajayi of West Bromwich Albion looks on during the FA Cup Third Round match between Blackpool and West Bromwich Albion on January 09, 2021 in Blackpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

In the ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE, Wilfred Ndidi was involved from beginning to the end for Leicester City who toppled Southampton 2-0 at the King Power Stadium to displace Liverpool from second position with 35 points from 18 games. James Maddison’s 37th-minute strike and Harvey Barnes’ 90th-minute effort were enough to turn back stubborn Saints on Saturday evening.

At the Molineux, Semi Ajayi scored his second goal in two consecutive games as West Brom bagged their first away win of the season from nine attempts against Wolves. Ajayi’s goal in the 52nd minute and Matheus Pereira’s brace in the eighth and 56th minutes both from the spot lifted the Baggies to 19th with 11 points from 18 games.

At the Craven Cottage, Fulham complete with Ola Aina and three other English nationals with Nigeria heritage: Joshua Onoma, Tosin Adarabioyo, and Ademola Lookman watched helplessly as Chelsea pip them 1-0 through Mason Mount’s 78th-minute goal. Aina was available for 83 minutes against his ex-club while Onomah played the final 11 minutes. Lookman and Adarabioyo were on for the full 90 minutes.

The Cottagers owed their loss to the dismissal of Antonee Robinson in the 44th minute. They are 18th on the log with 12 points from 17 matches.

In the ENGLISH CHAMPIONSHIP, Chuba Akpom was replaced at halftime in Middlesbrough’s 1-0 loss at the Riverside Stadium to Birmingham City.

Dominic Solanke featured for 90 minutes for AFC Bournemouth who surprisingly were beaten 1-0 by Luton Town at the Vitality Stadium. The loss was a setback to promotion-chasing Cherries who are 3rd with 42 points from 23 games.

John Mikel Obi was on for 90 minutes too for Stoke City who were pegged back to a 1-1 draw by Blackburn Rovers at the Ewood Park. The Potters took the lead in the 38th minute through Nick Powell but Rovers equalised in the 76th minute through John Buckley. Stoke are in the eighth spot with 36 points from 23 games.

Former Nigeria youth International, Sammy Ameobi netted twice for Nottingham Forest in their 3-1 home win over Millwall while Watford’s William Troost Ekong played the duration of their 2-0 victory over Huddersfield Town at the Vicarage Road. Watford improved to fifth spot with 40 points from 23 games.

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