Super Eagles striker Taiwo Awoniyi scored a 27th minute goal Wednesday night which was ultimately the winner for Nottingham Forest in a 1-0 win over Southampton at Saint Mary’s Stadium.
The defeat means the Saints have lost six Premier League games on the spin and won just once in 13 matches in all competitions.
Former Crystal Palace and Brentford striker Clinton Morrison was on analysis duty for Sky Sports and applauds the brilliance of the two front men, Awoniyi and Brennan Johnson.
In the previous game that Forest played against Chelsea, Johnson went for glory when the Nigerian, Awoniyi, was best placed to finish a blistering counter attacking move.
“Obviously on the weekend against Chelsea when he (Awoniyi) had an opportunity, it didn’t work but when he’s on the right place, he probably said: “make sure you square it to me this time,” Morrison said knowingly.
“Berran Johnson gets his head up and squares it because I know Neon Bailey would have told him: “you’re a wide player, Neon Bailey would have told him: ” you’re a wide player, you put the ball in the box and we score the goal.
“Awoniyi had a simple tap-in. Brilliant decision from Berran Johnson,” Morrison added.
The duo of Joe Aribo and Sam Edozie came off the substitute bench in the 64th minute for Southampton to substitute Romeo Lavia and Romain Perraud.
Nottingham Forest with the win, climbed to the 15th place in the table with 18 points after 18 games while Southampton remains bottom of the log with 12 points from 18 League matches.
The Saints’ board may be moved to act on the string of poor results with manager Steve Jones likely to be sacked.
Izuchukwu Okosi is a Nigerian sports and entertainment journalist with two decades of experience in the media industry having begun his media journey in 2002 as an intern at Mundial Sports International (MSI) and Africa Independent Television (AIT), owners of Daar Communications Plc.
In October 2004, Okosi joined Complete Communications Limited, publishers of Complete Sports newspaper and Complete Football magazine as a reporter and later script writer for the Complete Sports studio.
He worked there for 13 years until October 2017.
Okosi also worked various times as Correspondent, Content creator and Editor at Sports Market International Magazine, Opera News, All Nigeria Soccer Media and Iconic Media Watch.
He also undertook freelance writing gigs for some local and international organizations.
Okosi is a member of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Association of Movie Producers (AMP), Association of Voiceover Artistes of Nigeria (AVOA), Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) and Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
He has been part of cast in some Nollywood movies and radio dramas including Blood Money 2, Scores To Settle, Dead End 2, Another Campus Tale and Battle Line.
Aside mainstream media and the entertainment industry, he has interests in scouting/unearthing of talents in the sports and creative sectors, exports business and property development.