Front-man eager to maintain scoring form after ending drought last weekend...
BENIK AFOBE believes his strike at Reading last weekend could prove to be the springboard for a far more fruitful period in front of goal over the course of the coming weeks and months.
The DR Congo international, who joined from Wolverhampton Wanderers in the summer, enjoyed a fine start to life at the bet365 Stadium, netting five times in his opening 11 appearances for the Club.
However, his superbly taken effort in the 202 draw at the Madejski Stadium last time out was the forward’s first goal in 11 outings, and his first in the Championship since mid-September.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s home clash with Ipswich Town, he told Stoke City+: “It wasn’t an easy period but I always had the belief that I would get myself back up and running again.
“The manager was right to drop me when he did - I didn’t say anything, I just got on with it and wished the boys all the best because we are all in this together."
“I only played for five or 10 minutes of the game against Derby County when we won, and believe me, there was nobody more pleased than me for the lads for what they did out on the pitch.
“Saido (Berahino) has deserved to start the games, he has played superbly well, like the rest of them, and there will be rotation - we have a great squad of players here.
“I’m not the sort of person to mope around and feel sorry for myself, I have come into training every day, worked incredibly hard, like everyone else, and got my rewards at Reading.
“I apologised to the lads at half-time because I had a couple of chances to have scored which I didn’t take.
“But when I got put through early in the second half there was no way I was missing that one - I am very comfortable in one versus one situation and I would always back myself to finish.”
He added: “Confidence has never been an issue for me, but now I need to kick on and start scoring more goals, which I believe I will do, because as a striker I know it is my job to do that.”
Tickets, starting at £25 for adults and £8 for Under 11s, are available for Saturday’s game. They can be purchased from the bet365 Stadium Ticket Office, online at scfcdirect.com or by calling (01782) 367599.