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Semi Ajayi scores first goal of the season, calls for improvement

Semi Ajayi scores first goal of the season, calls for improvement

Super Eagles defender, Semi Ajayi, scored his first goal of the season for West Bromwich Albion in their 3-2 win over Swansea City but the defender believes there’s more to work on in training before they become fully perfect. 

It is the first win for the Baggies this season having lost 2-1 to Blackburn Rovers in their Championship opener before suffering another 2-1 loss to Stoke City in an EFL Cup first-round encounter. 

Semi Ajayi opened the scoring for the Baggies smashing the ball inside the net from close range after the visitors failed to properly clear their lines from a throw-in. 

Carl Rushworth’s own goal in the 50th  minute and John Swift’s converted penalty gave West Bromwich a comfortable lead but all hell went loose when they conceded two quick goals in the 74th and 80th minutes through Harry Darling and Nathan Wood. 

Semi Ajayi celebrating a goal

The Baggies narrowly held on for the win. Although Ajayi says he is delighted with his first goal of the season and the maximum points, he says there’s a lot to still work on to make the team better. 

“The main thing was the three points. There are clearly a few things we need to work on, but luckily we’re able to learn that lesson and still come away with the three points,” Ajayi told the club website after the match. 

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“We’ve got to put in a lot of work on the training ground to fix the things we can improve on, but there were plenty of positives to take from the game.

“The boys are very receptive to the bits of criticism the boss is giving us after the games and in training sessions. We want to be the finished article and we know we’re not perfect. It’s only the second game of the season.”

Semi Ajayi

One of the areas the 29-year-old would want the Baggies to work on is set-piece defence. 

“We were very, very comfortable in the game. I would say most of our issues came from set pieces because they didn’t really create much from open play.

“We did struggle to get out of our half a little bit in the closing stages, but I don’t think it’s a concentration thing because our defensive shape was really, really good.

“There’s a lot to look at and I’m sure the manager will analyze everything and go through it with us all.

“If I remember correctly, all of our goals were set pieces so that’s a positive to take into our next game so long may that continue.”

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