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READ | Ajayi relishing fast-flowing festive fixtures

21 December 2018

Semi Ajayi talks to

The all-action style adopted by Paul Warne’s side in the Sky Bet Championship has seen the Millers successfully put their physical resolve put to the test with every game that has passed, but few players in the club’s first team ranks have played as much football as defender Semi Ajayi.

With regular international breaks providing most with some vital respite time to recuperate, Ajayi has remained in action following recent call-ups to the Nigeria squad but insists that the constant flow of football has only infused his desire to play matches for his club.

“I'm feeling fine and not feeling any sort of fatigue whatsoever,” he told

“I'm just looking forward to each and every game and to be honest, it's the more the better.

“If you ask any footballer if they'd rather play a match or train, they'll tell you it's the latter. The fact that we have so many matches in quick succession isn't necessarily a bad thing for the majority of us and I'd say as a group we relish 3pm on a Saturday, or whatever time it is going to be.”

Ajayi, who has impressed both in central defensive and deep-lying midfield roles this season, admitted that he has been pleased with his own form in the 2018/19 campaign but acknowledges there are plenty more hurdles to overcome as the Millers look to improve their standing in the second tier.

“Personally, I think I've had a good season so far but there are a lot more games to come and a lot more hard work to get through. I'm just focused on doing that.

“We take every game as it comes and we go into every game wanting to win. We don't highlight certain games thinking we need to win here and we can afford to lose that one. We want to win every single game and we'll see where that takes us.

“It's another good challenge this weekend against a team that has just come out of the Premier League so it's another opportunity for the boys to come up against top players and show that we are capable and good enough to compete at this level. I'm looking forward to it, as I'm sure the rest of the lads are and we're looking to give a good account of ourselves.”

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