Obi Leads Stoke City To Thier First Home Victory Of The Season
Former Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel led Stoke City to their first English Championship victory at home this season with a 3-2 win over Brentford on Saturday afternoon.
The 33-year-old former Super Eagles midfielder was handed the captain’s armband for the second consecutive time – after their 2-2 draw against Barnsley – in the absence of Ryan Shawcross and Joe Allen who are currently sidelined with injuries. Mikel who has played every minute of Stoke City’s Championship games this season, played the full 90 minutes as goals from Steven Fletcher, James McClean and Tyrese Campbell secured the much-needed three points for the hosts at bet365 Stadium. Mikel produced a Man of the Match performance in the middle of the park by completing the most interceptions for Stoke City (2) and he also completed the second-highest tackles (2) after Tommy Smith. Saturday’s win stretched the Potters’ unbeaten run to seven matches across all competitions with their only loss of the season dating back to September 20 when they lost 2-0 to Bristol City.
Stoke City climbed up to eighth in the Championship table with 12 points after seven matches. Stoke’s next game is a trip to Liberty Stadium for their Championship tie against Swansea City on Tuesday.