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Swansea Boss Issued Obafemi Challenge Before Scoring Super Winner

Swansea Boss Issued Obafemi Challenge Before Scoring Super Winner
By PJ Browne
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Michael Obafemi scored his second goal of the season for Swansea on Saturday. It was a brilliant late winner by Ireland international as his side defeated West Brom 3-2.

Prior to the international break, the 22-year-old had been dropped by Swansea manager Russell Martin after he had his head turned by a mooted deadline day move to Burnley.

Obafemi was omitted for the games against QPR and Sheffield United before making a late substitute appearance in a 3-0 win against Hull.

On Saturday, he again came off the bench, this time to play a decisive half hour. The game was tied at 1-1 when Obafemi entered the game in place of Luke Cundle. Grady Diangana put West Brom 2-1 ahead after 65 minutes but Olivier Ntcham got an equaliser for Swansea six minutes later. It was also Ntcham who set up Obafemi for his 89th minute winner.

Prior to him being introduced, Martin had issued Obafemi with a challenge.

27 September 2022; Michael Obafemi of Republic of Ireland celebrates with teammates after scoring their side's second goal during the UEFA Nations League B Group 1 match between Republic of Ireland and Armenia at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile


"I spoke to Michael just before he came on," said Martin.

"I said 'it's written for you if you really want it, the fans are singing for you, you've had a great week with Ireland, this is the moment, this is the time'.

"The fans certainly helped that. It would have done Michael the world of good. It's just about consistency, for everyone.


"With Michael, it's just consistent behaviour, it's really that simple. When he finds a level of consistency like he did in the second half of last season, he'll be incredible. I hope the week he's had with Ireland and today will be the catalyst for him to get back to that regularly. If he does, he's brilliant."

Michael Obafemi winner for Swansea vs West Brom


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