Chiedoze Ogbene and Michael Obafemi were both on show today on opening day of the 2022/23 EFL season.
Ogbene had a perfect start to his Championship career with Rotherham, putting his team in front against Swansea after just 16 minutes on the opening day of the season.
Ogbene finished with a tidy flicked header and nearly put his side two in front nine minutes later. He would have to settle for a draw however, as Swansea's Harry Darling equalised before half-time.
Fellow Ireland international Michael Obafemi was kitted out for Swansea, but had a day to forget after having one of the worst misses you are likely to see, which would have put Swansea 2-1 in front.
After being handed a an open goal opportunity at the far post following a brilliant pass from Joel Pirot, Obafemi managed to miss hit the ball backwards from two yards out.
Obafemi Miss Of The Season?
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Ogbene has been linked this off season with a move to Swansea, and following the game Swansea manager Russell Martin shared his thoughts on the 1-1 draw and the transfer rumours.
"I think we had some brilliant chances. But with the performance, I'm really pleased with so many aspects. I'm really frustrated with their goal. We've done a lot of work on it. When there's one or two details that are not quite right, they have a clear identity, they love putting the ball into the box. When the temperature of the game goes up, we need to be calm.
"We started brilliantly as well, but when they score, there's a bit of anxiety. I get it, we're such a young group and we've got a few guys making their debuts. The way they recovered after Harry's goal was brilliant. Everyone settled down and played some brilliant stuff.
"I saw us linked with a left centre-half who I've never heard of this week. There's been so many players linked with us. Some will be real, some will be tenuous and some will be completely miles away from it. That's where it is.
"He's at a club that really values him, he plays all the time, I've never spoken to the player in my life. He's done great with his career recently, with Ireland and everything, but, when someone is linked, in football, the perception and reality are often really far apart."
The miss aside, Obafemi had an encouraging performance and was lively throughout. He looks to have carried on last season's form, as has Ogbene, which bodes very well for Stephen Kenny and Ireland.