Rotherham coach reacts to Semi Ajayi's brace against QPR

Naija Players Abroad By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 14/03/2019

Rotherham United manager Paul Warne has reacted to Semi Ajayi brace in the 2-1 win over Queens Park Rangers 2-1 at Loftus Road on Wednesday night.

The four caps Nigeria international fired in a stunning strike in the 71st minute to hand the Millers the lead but Osayi-Samuel bundled home the leveller from close-range for QPR.

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Ajayi have the final say, settling the tensed encounter deep into added time when he connected with an Anthony Forde's floated cross to beat QPR goalkeeper, Joe Lumley for the second time and hand his team all three points.

Warne said in his post-match interview via The Miller website: "I didn’t see Ajayi’s goal coming because being a manager you are always feeling pessimistic.

"I thought that we were much better in the second half than we were in the first. Someone has kindly told me that we haven’t won here for 68 years, so for us to come here and nick a goal so late on means a lot.

"It is important for us to pick up points obviously, and that’s our first away win for a while. It means a lot to the lads.

"I always go on about the game changers, it is not always about the 11, the subs came on and had a great effect. For Fordey to put in a quality ball in like that, and for Semi to attack it, especially where our fans were, was a really special moment.”

Ajayi will make his 100th appearance for Rotherham United when they welcome Norwich City to New York Stadium on Saturday afternoon.