‘One of best number nine displays in the Championship this season’ – Millwall boss delighted at Benik Afobe’s display

Gary Rowett heaped praise on Benik Afobe after he earned Millwall a deserved point against Championship promotion-chasers Bournemouth at The Den tonight.

Tom Bradshaw’s flick sent the Stoke loanee through to score his fourth goal of his second spell at the club.

It cancelled out Dominic Solanke’s opener for the Cherries shortly before the interval.

Rowett said: “Benik was outstanding tonight. That was one of the best number nine performances I’ve seen in this division this season.

“That’s what we’ve brought him in to do – that’s what he can do. I know it’s difficult to do that sort of thing every week, but he was fantastic.

“He earns that bounce of the ball. He worked incredibly hard, he was really physical, he won headers, he backed in and he looked a threat every time we got a bit of possession.

“He makes great runs in games and we’ve struggled to see him early enough and find those passes. We played with a bit more quality at times, but I still think we can do that better. But he’s a striker that plays on the shoulder, and you have to give him service, otherwise it’s a difficult game for him.

“When he created the chance I had no doubt he was going to score it, because he’s got that top quality. Then we had other moments, we had other opportunities. Billy Mitchell’s great bit of skill and shot just over, Sav has a shot, Muzza has a header that just flashes wide, Bradders has one and Lerma just does enough, great defending.

“It was an outstanding performance and I’m disappointed I’m only sat here with a point in my hand.”



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