Joe Aribo: Southampton Boss Russell Martin Lauds Nigerian After Scoring Match-Winner vs Birmingham

Joe Aribo: Southampton Boss Russell Martin Lauds Nigerian After Scoring Match-Winner vs Birmingham

Robert Abong'o
March 3, 2024 at 8:47 AM
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  • Joe Aribo's late goal secured Southampton's 4-3 win over Birmingham City
  • Saints are fourth on the log, narrowing the gap on third-placed Leeds United
  • Coach Russell Martin praised Aribo as a "brilliant player" for his crucial goal

In a thrilling showdown on Saturday, March 2, Southampton's Joe Aribo emerged as the hero, securing a 4-3 victory with a sensational stoppage-time goal against Birmingham City.

Saints manager, Russell Martin, showered praise on Aribo, describing him as a "brilliant player" following his stellar performance at St. Andrew's.

The dramatic victory unfolded with Aribo seizing the moment deep into added time, capitalizing on a corner to slot home the winning goal in the 96th minute.

Joe Aribo notches in Southampton's winner vs Brimingham City. Photo: Cameron Smith.
Joe Aribo scores Southampton's winning goal against Birmingham City at St Andrews on March 2. Photo: Cameron Smith.
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Despite setbacks, including twice falling behind and playing against a 10-man Blues side, Martin's men displayed resilience, ultimately clinching victory in the game's dying moments, as reported by the BBC.

Initially trailing to Koji Miyoshi's opener, Southampton equalized through Adam Armstrong before Jay Stansfield restored Birmingham's lead. However, the visitors fought back, with David Brooks and former Birmingham player Che Adams putting the visitors ahead.

Dion Sanderson's sending-off only added to Birmingham's woes despite Juninho Bacuna's equalizer, as Aribo's late heroics sealed the win for Southampton.

Reflecting on the Nigerian's contribution, Martin praised the midfielder's skill and character.

“He’s a brilliant player and an even better character, and for him to score the goal – I said to him there’ll be a chance for you at some point. I was completely guessing, but I hoped, and it’s fallen to him and he’s tucked it away," said Martin, as quoted on Complete Sports.

With three goals in 24 league appearances this season, Aribo remains a vital asset.

The victory sees Southampton maintain their fourth position in the league standings, edging closer to third-placed Leeds United. The team's next fixtures see them play at home against Preston North End and Sunderland.

Meanwhile, Birmingham have consecutive away games against Hull and Millwall.

Super Eagles stars born outside Nigeria

Sports Brief reported on the six players in Nigeria’s AFCON 2023 squad born outside the country.

The 2023 AFCON squads have over one-third of the players born outside the countries they represent.

Only South Africa, Namibia and Egypt had all their players born in the country.

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