Sport Mikel guides Stoke City back to winning ways against Rotherham United

21:10  31 october  2020
21:10  31 october  2020 Source:   goal.com

MICAH RICHARDS: Mikel Arteta is proving to be a brilliant boss

  MICAH RICHARDS: Mikel Arteta is proving to be a brilliant boss MICAH RICHARDS: I have a picture in my mind about Arsenal. It comes from February 2003 and a game they played against Manchester City at Maine Road. Though I grew up in Leeds, Arsenal were my team as a kid so I was never going to miss any chance to see them live. This particular Saturday, 17 years ago, I had been playing for City’s academy in the morning and then headed over to the old stadium.The reason the memory is so vivid is because of the football I saw that day. It was one of the greatest performances I’ve ever seen, a display that had me in awe.

John Obi Mikel captained Stoke City to grab their fourth Championship win of the season with a 1-0 victory over Rotherham United on Saturday.

Mikel who has featured in every minute of the Potters' league games in this campaign, played a crucial role in midfield as James McClean's 27th-minute strike separated both teams at bet365 Stadium.

The former Nigeria captain had the best pass accuracy in the entire match (84 per cent) and also completed the third-highest tackles for Stoke City (2), after Tommy Smith (4) and Morgan Fox (3).

Saturday's result made it four wins out of nine league outings for Michael O'Neill's side so far in this campaign.

Cameroon goalkeeper Blondy Noukeu was another African star at bet365 Stadium but he was an unused substitute for the Potters.

Stoke City moved to ninth in the Championship table with 15 points after nine matches.

After Wednesday's 2-0 loss at Swansea City, they will hope to rediscover their fine form on the road when they travel to Watford on November 4.

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta revealed he had deliberately not spoken about their dismal record at Manchester United as he feared it would dent their confidence. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's second-half penalty secured a 1-0 win on Sunday and their first victory at Old Trafford since 2006.The Arsenal forward scored from the spot in the 69th minute after Paul Pogba fouled Hector Bellerin in the box.

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