Afobe’s star performance secures vital Millwall win


Anyone still breathing after Saturday’s game? I am, just about…

The Lions 2-1 win away at Middleborough may not seem like a massive result from the outside, but this could be a turning point for the season. We were on a downward spiral, five defeats in a row saw us as low as 17th coming into the game and I was seriously worried about getting a smashing against ‘Boro. Yes they are in bad form too, but we were not playing well.

How wrong could I be?

The Lions managed to ground out a 2-1 away win. KJ took a chance making five changes to the Peterborough side by dropping the supposedly ‘best players’ including Liam Trotter, Adam Smith and Andy Keogh. John Marquis and Benik Afobe started upfront, which may not be an ideal partnership but it seemed to work.

The game started off slowly with ‘Boro having the majority of the ball, but Afobe with his pace was dangerous on the break. The first real chance fell to the Lions and it ended with a goal. A James Henry free kick lead to George Friend putting into his own net, even though Marquis tried to claim it. Friend is ex-Millwall too; we’ve certainly got a friend in him.

‘Boro pushed for a equalizer and lets be honest with our defence at the moment I was worried, but with David Forde in goal we seem to be a lot calmer, he claimed everything in the air.

The Lions second came six minutes before half time, where Afobe used his pace to beat two defenders and get a shot in, it was saved by the goalie but the rebound was slotted in by Martyn Woolford. Not even the biggest optimist could believe this result.

‘Boro went for it in the second half and had four strikers on pitch by the end of the game. The hosts had a lot of pressure, plenty of corners, but didn’t threaten Forde in goal.

Then it came, the golden chance to make it 3-0. Marquis had the best chance unmarked with only the ‘keeper to beat, but he must’ve thought he was offside and seemed to scuff a shot to the goalie, even I heard Benik Afobe shout “Timeeeeeee!”

‘Boro got one back with 15 minutes to go with good work on the wing from Friend finding Curtis Main three yards out. Game on. Panic.

This was basically 15 minutes of ‘Boro attack but they couldn’t find a way through, until ten seconds before the end when Scott McDonald flicked in, my heart sank then the ref pointed over to the lino, offside! Get in.

What a vital win this was, a defeat would’ve kept us 17th, instead the win took us level with 12th place and back above Charlton, not a bad weekend?

And a big well done to Benik Afobe, play him on the wing and he’s average, put him upfront and he’s something special. Strong on the ball and pace to burn, we know it wasn’t the best transfer window but we may have another diamond on loan.

But lets hope it doesn’t end up the ways of Chris Wood and Harry Kane, after all, as Afobe was doing post match interviews, Jackett went up to him and said “Time to go to Leicester now!” quality.