Super Eagles captain, John Obi Mikel bagged an impressive debut for Middlesbrough in their Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round clash with Newport County which ended 1-1 at the Riverside Stadium, Completesports.com reports.
Mikel earned a starting role in the Tony Pulis’ team for his debut. And he posted a decent performance before he was subbed off for Clayton Adam in the 62nd minute.
Daniel Ayala netted Middlesbrough’s goal in the 51st minute, while Matthew Dolan grabbed a 90th minute equaliser for Newport County to force Boro into a replay.
Mikel who signed on Thursday as a free agent to feature for the English Championship side until the end of the season, is happy with his debut showing and is eager to come better with more games.
“I thought the performance was good,” Mikel said in post match interview..
“When you play these games, we were one up, we controlled the game and it’s one of those games where if you sit back you can get caught out and that’s what happened.
“The team played really well, it’s a good start for me and hopefully we can carry on from here.
“Today was good and hopefully I can get a few more games to get sharper and help the team a bit more.”
Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis is also full of praises for Mikel.
“John Obi Mikel did smashing, that was his first game for a long time. He is so composed on the ball, he lifts the rest of the team, he is that type of player,” Pulis told BBC Sport.Copyright © 2020 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.