Benik Opens Up

Benik Afobe

BENIK AFOBE admits he would happily have traded personal glory for a more productive start to the season for Stoke City.

The striker, a summer signing from Wolves, has hit the ground running since moving to the bet365 Stadium with two goals from his first three appearances for the Club.

However, the Potters are still looking for their first Championship win of the season as they prepare for this evening’s home date with newly-promoted Wigan (kick-off 8pm) and Afobe is targeting an upturn in results.

Speaking to #Pottersmag he revealed: “I’ve scored two goals in three games and before the season started I would have taken that but I’d gladly swop those goals for nine points on the board.

“We’ve played against teams that are decent opposition but we’re disappointed to only have two points to our name so far.

“Hopefully we will gel as a team sooner rather than later and turn these draws into three points.”

The former England Under-21 international added: “There is absolutely no need for anybody to panic. I have played in this league for a long time now and I know exactly how it works.

“Once you find your way, and get a positive result then you can easily go four or five matches and keeping winning. I do believe that we are one of the best teams in this league, and I believe that we have a manager who has tremendous faith in us as a group.”

To read more of what Afobe has to say, as well as the pre-match thoughts of manager Gary Rowett and skipper Ryan Shawcross along with a whole host of features, pick up your copy of #Pottersmag from all the usual outlets this evening.

Tickets for this evening’s game are on general sale, with adult prices starting at £25 and £8 for Under-11s. They can be purchased from the bet365 Stadium Ticket Office, online at or by calling (01782) 367599.

Supporters are urged to buy tickets in advance to guarantee a seat and avoid queues forming ahead of kick-off.