Afobe hoping Hulse partnership can get Millwall firing again

© Daniel Heywood
© Daniel Heywood

BENIK Afobe is hoping his partnership with fellow loanee Rob Hulse will get Millwall firing again after a barren spell in front of goal.

The Lions, who slipped to their fourth straight Championship defeat against Blackpool on Saturday, have found the net just twice in their last five league games.

Afobe was thrown straight into Kenny Jackett’s starting line-up at Bloomfield Road a mere 24 hours after completing his loan switch from Arsenal but the youngster says he is settling in already.

And the striker revealed he knew all about QPR frontman Hulse prior to the move, having kept track of the 33-year-old’s career during his development with the Gunners.

“I’ve been watching Rob play for many years,” Afobe told NewsAtDen. “As a youngster growing up, I watched him play for Derby and other teams in the Premier League.

“He is a really good partner for me because he holds the ball up well, flicks it on and plays one-twos. Hopefully, I can start a good partnership with Hulsey and get some goals.

“I’d only trained with him once before the game but he kept speaking to me on the pitch, so it was really nice to play with someone like that.

“The boys have been fantastic with me. They were talking to me on the way up to Blackpool and just said to play my own game. It was easy for me to come into the team.

“The gaffer spoke to me a few days before I signed and said that I’d get my chance at Millwall and the team would benefit the way I play. I’ve only played one game, but that’s how I feel already.

“I’ve been made to feel part of the team really quickly and hopefully we can start winning games. My main priority is to score goals and hopefully that will get me into the fold at Arsenal.”

Afobe’s first appearance for the Lions was tinged with disappointment after Nathan Delfouneso hit a stoppage-time winner for the Tangerines.

James Henry’s goal, scored direct from a corner, had given the visitors a deserved lead but Thomas Ince equalised in the second-half before Delfouneso stole the points.

And Afobe felt his new team deserved more out of the game. He added: “I was very happy to make my debut and to have started the game.

“When we went 1-0 up I was thinking ‘this could be it’ – but unfortunately we missed a few chances and it wasn’t meant to be. I thought we deserved a draw at least and were unlucky at the end.”