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Posted Saturday, August 24th 2019

Afobe 'oozing confidence'

Benik Afobe scored his second and third goals in City colours as the Robins beat Hull City 3-1 at the KCOM Stadium.

The striker, on a season-long loan from Stoke City, struck a first-half penalty before tucking away the last goal of the match, following a Reece Burke own goal to help the visitors on their way.

He now has three goals following his deadline day switch to BS3 and he’s enjoying his game.

“The manager said when I arrived he wants to get me playing the best football of my career and I know it has only been a couple of weeks but I am oozing confidence,” Afobe said.

“The lads, from Taylor Moore and Nathan Baker at the back were unbelievable. They are playing their best football and I’ve seen it with other strikers here. I’m here to do my best for this club and hopefully come May we will be in and around where we want to be.”

The end of the season is a long way away but the early signs are positive and City have recorded maximum points over the last week, including back-to-back wins on the road.

“It’s been two away games, two tough places to go at Derby on Tuesday and at the KCOM Stadium today. It was going to be a tough game for us. I’m always happy to score but most importantly with the win.

“It was tough” Afobe added, reflecting on Saturday’s victory. “We know Hull are a team who like to score goals and they have a good strike force who are very experienced at this level now. We should have had a penalty before we actually scored from a penalty, but we lost our concentration for five minutes and the gaffer said to us to ‘keep our heads, to keep going’.

“Sometimes you get the games where the referee doesn’t give you much but we got the second call, I scored and with a bit of experienced we should have seen the half out at 1-0.

“With a bit of inexperience, with a few minutes to go, we went and conceded so those are things we need to cut out but overall we are happy,” he said.

Another win builds confidence for the group and the squad have a week to prepare for the visit of Jonathan Woodgate’s Middlesbrough to Ashton Gate.

Afobe continued: “We’re a young squad so we play with no fear. We talk about needing experience at this level but sometimes not having experience and no fear give you confidence and the arrogance to play away from home, twice in a week. The young players are doing fantastic and we will keep growing, stay confident and we’re looking forward to the Middlesbrough game now.”

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