John Obi Mikel’s target of steering Stoke City to their first home win in the Championship has been achieved.
On Saturday, Mikel and his teammates survived a spirited comeback to stun Sky Bet Championship promotion hopefuls Brentford with a nail-biting 3-2 win at the bet365 Stadium.
Goals from Steven Fletcher, James McClean, and Tyrese Campbell did the damage as Michael O’Neill’s impressive side held on to triumph on their home patch.
Substitute Marcus Forss pulled a goal back with 20 minutes remaining and scored a second in stoppage time in a frantic finish to proceedings.
However, Stoke held on for maximum points as O’Neill’s resilient charges stretched their unbeaten run to seven matches in all competitions.
The next stop for the Potters is an away tie against Swansea City as the push for promotion back to the Premier League continues.
Elsewhere, another Nigerian star William Troost-Ekong was in action for Watford but unlike Mikel, he could not help them maintain their winning run, as they conceded a late goal to draw 1-1 against visiting Bournemouth in another Championship game Saturday