Gary Rowett had praise for Benik Afobe as the striker opened his account with two goals against Ipswich Town at Portman Road.
His brace was backed up by a fine effort from Jed Wallace as Millwall ran out comfortable 3-0 winners against the League One side.
“Every striker wants to score goals, ” said the Lions chief. “Smudge has scored some goals in pre-season. We have created some good opportunities. Benik has created but not scored so it will be nice for him to get a couple of goals today.”
Afobe played a key role in his first goal, keeping the ball in play before being alert in the box to finish off the move.
“I thought both were good goals in different ways,” said Rowett. “The first one, he anticipates the shot after good work down the side from him in the first place. The second one is a lovely finish, he’s got that quality. That’s why I brought him in, that’s why I brought him in at Stoke, I think he’s a top quality player.
“We just have to try and get him in the right environment for him and he’s got to work hard to create those moments because if he does, he will be rewarded. For us to sign him I think it’s a great signing for us and now he needs to go and score those goals on a regular basis because he can do it.”
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