Mikel's goal for Middlesbrough against Rotherham fails to take club to EPL play-offs

Mikel's goal for Middlesbrough against Rotherham fails to take club to EPL play-offs

- John Obi Mikel scores his second league goal in English football after 267th appearances

- However, his goal against Rotherham was not enough to take Middlesbrough to Premier League play-offs

- Boro finished in seventh position with 73 points just one point below Derby County who claimed the last play-offs spot after a 3-1 win against West Brom

Middlesbrough and Nigeria's Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel scored his second league goal in English football as Middlesbrough defeated Semi Ajayi's relegated Rotherham United 2-1 at the New York stadium on Sunday, May 5.

However, Mikel's strike was not enough for Middlesbrough to secure the last play-offs spot as they finished in seventh position with 73 points just one point below Derby County who claimed the last play-offs spot after a 3-1 win against West Brom.

However, Mikel and his Boro teammates can hold their heads up high after a good campaign in the English Championship.

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Mikel's goal came in the 38th minute after he smashed the ball into the net from a Paddy McNair's knock down.

The goal was Mikel's second league goal on his 267th appearance in English football.

His goal extended Boro's lead after Britt Assombalonga's 28th minute penalty as the first half ended 2-0.

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But with four minutes left in the second half, Michael Smith scored a penalty to ensure Rotherham got a consolation goal as Middlesbrough held on to claim all three points with the game ending 2-1.

It is however unknown if Mikel will shift his attention to the Super Eagles ahead of AFCON 2019 following the conclusion of the league season.

He has not feature for Nigeria since playing against Argentina at the Russia 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Mikel was named in the English Football League team of the week after an impressive performances for Middlesbrough in February.

The 32-year-old joined Boro on a free transfer after his contract with Chinese Super League side Tinajin TEDA expired last year.

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Source: Legit Nigeria

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