Southampton Boss Praises Super Eagles Star Aribo as ‘Brilliant Player’ Following Injury Time Goal

Joe Aribo Scores Injury Time Winner for Southampton

Southampton manager Russell Martin has labeled Super Eagles midfielder Joe Aribo a brilliant player following the injury-time winner he grabbed for his side today in their 4-3 win over Birmingham in a Championship fixture played at St. Andrew’s.

Joe Aribo Scores Injury Time Winner for Southampton
The Nigeria international came on as a substitute for Will Smallbone in the 70th minute and helped the Saints grab the maximum points.

In the 96th minute, the 27-year-old put Taylor Harwood Bellis’s corner kick home to help Southampton return to winning ways after three consecutive defeats across all competitions.

Martin was impressed by the performance of the Nigeria international and revealed the reason behind not starting him in the encounter.

“The lads love him, the fans love him. Hopefully, everyone’s really seeing what he has to offer,” he told the Southampton official website

“He was amazing on Wednesday [against Liverpool], he probably deserved to play, but he hadn’t played 90 minutes for a long time and was absolutely hanging on Thursday.

“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.”

Aribo has made 26 appearances across all competitions this season and will be hoping to play a vital role for the Saints heading into the final months of the season.

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