Aribo rues Everton loss, slams teammates

Aribo rues Everton loss, slams teammates


Anthony Nlebem.

Midfielder Joe Aribo has expressed disappointment at Southampton’s 2-1 home defeat to Everton on Saturday.

Aribo netted the only goal for Southampton in the 49 minutes at St Mary’s, but The Toffees came from behind to score two goals in the 52nd and 54th minutes to pile more misery on The Saints.

The 25-year-old blamed his teammates for not holding on to the lead after he scored his second Premier League goal of the season.

“The boys are really disappointed. Going a goal ahead, it’s really frustrating to concede so soon, and the boys are disappointed because we wanted to get a result today (Saturday) and that wasn’t the case,” Aribo told Southampton’s website.

“I was thinking about it earlier today, that we’ve been coming from behind, so to get a goal ahead was a good feeling.

“The squad is big, so everyone needs to be focused. We need to work together, be strong, be a unit and be ready to go.

“To concede so soon is bitterly frustrating, and I and the boys were really not happy about it. We need to go back to the drawing board, focus and learn from our mistakes.”

He added, “That’s the Premier League. Sometimes if you don’t take your chances, you get punished – that’s the game. If you make mistakes, you get punished also.

“We just need to recover because the games are coming thick and fast, and we need to be ready.”

The Saints have lost three consecutive Premier League games, and sit 16th on the table, two points above the relegation zone.