It was indeed a Good Friday for Nigerian players in the second tier division of English football as former Eagles skipper John Mikel Obi did well with Stoke City, whilst defender William Troost-Ekong had a wonderful outing, reports.


Mikel Obi: The former Chelsea midfielder was a rock in the heart of the Stoke City park as he captained them to an impressive 2-0 win away at Bristol City to stretch their unbeaten run to 3 games.


Goals from Nick Powell and Steven Fletcher on either side of the half was enough to seal all three points for the Potters who move up to 11th and keep their slim hope alive of making the playoffs round.


William Troost-Ekong and Isaac Success: Fresh from helping Nigeria reach the 2022 AFCON qualifiers in Cameroon, defender Troost-Ekong started for promotion hopefuls Watford as they extended their winning run to 7 games following a 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday, with Isaac Success also starting for the hosts.


An own goal from Tom Less in the first half was all the Hornets needed as they moved just within 6 points off first place Norwich with the chase for automatic promotion very much in their hands.


Ekong, who lasted the entire match duration, had a game rating of 7.0, keeping his 10th clean sheet of the campaign whist Success who was withdrawn after the hour mark had a rating of 6.7.


Ovie Ejaria: The Eagle hopeful scored his 3rd league goal of the campaign for visiting Reading as they were forced to a 1-1 draw away at Barnsley, with another Nigerian hopeful Michael Olise featuring for 84 minutes for the visitors.


Fred Onyedinma: Lagos-born midfielder Wilfred Onyedinma was the match hero for bottom side Wycombe as he scored the only goal in their 1-0 win over Blackburn Rovers to boost their chances of survival.