Afobe: Lessons To Be Learned

Benik Afobe

BENIK AFOBE believes the Stoke City squad will learn their lesson from Sunday’s opening day defeat to Leeds United at Elland Road.

The on-loan Wolverhampton Wanderers striker expressed his disappointment following the 3-1 defeat, but maintained his teammates will begin to pick up the traits of Championship football.

Last season, the 25-year old was a member of Wolves’ successful Championship title-winning side and he says the Potters' weekend result will serve as a wakeup call to those not used to plying their trade in the second tier.

“We’re obviously all disappointed,” the DR Congo international told Stoke City+ shortly after the full time whistle in West Yorkshire.

“I have played in this league for numerous seasons, and it’s a tough league. And the boys realised that today. It’s a wakeup call and we can hopefully put this behind us.

“There were a lot of things that went wrong today, but I know we are going to learn from this and put things right as soon as possible.

“We will work hard on the training pitch this week, and give our fans a good result and performance this Saturday.”

The match did however see the frontman net his first goal in Stoke City colours, and while pleased to score on his debut, he expressed afterwards that he would have much preferred the team to have come away from Elland Road with a positive result, than to have got on the scoresheet.

“As a striker you want to score in every game, and obviously on my debut, I was looking to score a goal,” the former Arsenal striker added.

“I spoke with Jack Butland about what keepers don’t like from penalties and today it worked for me, but I would much rather the three points than to score today.”

“We are obviously disappointed today, but as soon as tomorrow comes, we will try and put things right for next weekend.”