'I'm not Ronaldo, I'm allowed to be subbed' - Man Utd academy graduate Ajose

The Swindon striker has defender Luke Williams' decision to take him off against Port Vale, saying he is not as untouchable as Real Madrid's talisman

Swindon striker Nicky Ajose has aired his surprise at the furore caused by his substitution against Port Vale, stating that he is “not Cristiano Ronaldo”.

The former Manchester United trainee, who is back at the County Ground for a second spell on loan from Charlton, was taken off 15 minutes from the end of Saturday’s League One encounter.

Swindon were trailing 2-1 at the time, and went on to lose the game 3-2.

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Ajose would have helped to offer them a goal threat up to the final whistle, having netted three times in seven appearances since arriving in January.

He is, however, aware that he is part of a squad and that the decisions of manager Luke Williams need to be respected, with nobody untouchable.

Nicky Ajose Swindon

Ajose told BBC Wiltshire : "Luke getting pelters when I got took off surprised me a bit. I'm not (Cristiano) Ronaldo, I'm allowed to be subbed.

"A player can't come back from a fatigue-based injury and play 90 minutes the next week. It was meant to be 60 so I think Luke pushed me a bit playing me for 75."

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Ballon d’Or hold Ronaldo is unaccustomed to being hauled off at Real Madrid, with his talismanic efforts down the years having earned him the right to see through most games that he graces.

Ajose will be aware of what the Portuguese brings to the fold having formed part of the United academy set-up while Ronaldo was taking his first steps on the road to superstardom at Old Trafford.