- John Obi Mikel's side Middlesbrough move to the playoffs place in the Championships
- The Super Eagles midfielder captained Boro to their third straight win over Stoke City
- Boro are now sixth on the table with three games left to play in the Championships
John Mikel Obi's spell with Middlesbrough could earn them promotion back into the Premier League following their 1-0 win over Stoke City.
The Nigerian international captained Boro for the third consecutive game and earned their third win in the Championships on the bounce.
A second minute strike from Britt Assombalonga was enough to take the Riverside outfit into sixth position and a spot in the playoff place for possible promotion into the English topflight division.
In the build up to the goal, Mikel found Jonny Howson with a delightful ball who delivered a cross which Assombalonga converted from close range which prove d to be the winner.
Stoke City manager Nathan Jones suggested that his side should have been awarded a penalty because Mikel clipped Sam Clucas in the box.
''The referee saw it differently to how I did but again even without a penalty we had enough chances today. If we just do our job then we win the game comfortably,'' said Jones to Stoke City's official website.
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Having failed to win their previous seven games before handing the captain band to Mikel, Tony Pulis side have now gone three games without a defeat, keeping three clean sheets in the process.
Boro's winning streak have put them in the race for the playoffs. They are sixth on the table with 67 points from 43 matches with three games left to play.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that John Obi Mikel has advised young players intending to make big money moves to the Chinese Super Lig to have a rethink.
The Super Eagles captain stated that despite playing in the far East for two seasons, it is not a place where young players can play topflight football.
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