Super Eagles hopeful, Ademola Lookman continued the winning trend for survival chasers Fulham FC as they stretched their unbeaten run to four games following a hard-fought 1-0 win at home to Sheffield Wednesday, AOIFootball.com reports.
In a game between 18th on the log and the bottom EPL side, the London boys were hoping to close the gap on 17th placed Fulham with Sheffield seeking their first league win in four outings.
As usual the host lines up the Nigerian quartet of Ola Aina, Josh Maja, Ademola Lookman, Tosin Adarabioyo whilst Joshua Onomah was the fifth player of Nigerian descent in the bench for them.
In a dominant first-half display Fulham were by far the better side and should have gone a goal ahead in the half but some nice goalkeeping for Aaron Ramsdale denied the host a lead going into the break.
Scott Parker’s side continued to be dominant in the second period and got a reward for their persistence when the impressive Lookman rifled home a bullet shot just after the hour to seal all three points and give the host their 4th win of the campaign.
Elsewhere at the Turf Moor it was a sad day in the office for Eagles centre-back Semi Ajayi who got his first red card in the EPL as his West Bromwich Albion side held on to a priceless point away at Burnley.
The 27-year-old received his marching orders on the half-hour mark when he appeared to handle the ball in his own half with center referee Mike Dean consulting the VAR to send the Nigerian off for clearly denying the host a scoring chance.
Ajayi’s blushes were however spared with his side playing better despite the numerical disadvantage and should have picked all three points but wasteful finishing in front of goal meant they remain 9 points behind 17 place Newcastle.
Finally at the Anfield in Liverpool, Alex Iwobi and his Everton side ended a 22-year wait for victory as they claimed an impressive 2-0 win in the Merseyside derby to further boost their chances of claiming an European slot come the end of the season.
A first-half strike for Richarlison and a second-half penalty from Gyfil Sigurdsson was all the Toffees needed with Iwobi a late substitute in the encounter.
The victory takes Everton to 7th on the log, level on points with Liverpool but still having a game in hand ahead of their rivals.