A former Nigeria worldwide John Mikel Obi was the captain on Saturday as his group, Stoke Metropolis, secured their first house win within the Championship this season, beating Brentford 3-2 on the bet365 Stadium.
Mikel was handed the captain’s armband for the second straight match, after their 2-2 draw towards Barnsley and he did properly sufficient to guide the Potters to their long-awaited house win in Saturday’s tie.
Targets from Steven Fletcher, James McClean, and Tyrese Campbell have been sufficient as Michael O’Neill’s males held on to triumph on their house patch.
Substitute Marcus Forss pulled a aim again for Brentford with 20 minutes remaining and scored a second in stoppage time however it was not sufficient to disclaim Mikel and his teammates the utmost factors from the sport.
Mikel, 33, had a fantastic sport, producing a rock-solid efficiency in the midst of the park by finishing probably the most interceptions for Stoke Metropolis and he additionally accomplished the second-highest tackles after Tommy Smith.
Mikel, who has performed each minute of Stoke Metropolis’s Championship video games this season, additionally performed from begin to end in Saturday’s tie because the Potters stretched their unbeaten run to seven matches in all competitions.
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Stoke Metropolis’s solely lack of the season dates again to September 20 when Bristol Metropolis beat them 2-0.
They’ve now moved as much as eighth within the Championship desk with 12 factors after seven matches.
Subsequent up for Mikel and his teammates is an away Championship fixture towards Swansea Metropolis on Tuesday.
Elsewhere, one other Nigerian star William Troost-Ekong was in motion for Watford however couldn’t assist them keep their profitable run, as they conceded a late aim to attract 1-1 towards visiting Bournemouth in one other Championship sport performed on Saturday.