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Afobe thankful for assists

25 September 2014

Benik Afobe paid tribute to his team-mates after securing the Dons’ passage through to the last 16 of the Capital One Cup with a brace on Tuesday night.

Afobe struck inside the first and last five minutes of the clash with Bradford City to send the men from MK1 into the fourth round of the Capital One Cup for the first time in the Club’s history.

"We’re absolutely delighted," the Arsenal loanee told MK Dons Player. "It’s the first time MK Dons has got through to the last 16 so as a team we’ve made a bit of history and now we just want it to continue.

"As a striker when you’re scoring goals you’re going to be happy. The main aim was to win the game but as a striker you want to score goals and to know that I’m the leading goalscorer in the competition, at the moment, is another personal honour that I’m happy to have."

He continued: "With the first one, the manager told me to test the keeper because he’d only just come into the team, so I just thought I’d turn and hit it and fortunately it’s gone in. The second one was similar to the one on Saturday. It was a terrific pass from Dele and I didn’t have to break my stride to get onto it.

"My team-mates have been giving me great assists and that’s one thing that I’m thankful for. When we’ve got the players we do, I know I’ve got a chance of scoring in every game, I’ve just got to be composed and take them chances when they come along and luckily I’ve been doing that."

Although it was Afobe who stole the headlines after grabbing his eighth and ninth goals of the season, the striker believes the Dons defenders also deserve credit for the part they played in the victory.

"The unsung heroes were the defenders and the goalkeeper for keeping a clean sheet," he said. "We’re all very happy with the clean sheet having conceded in our last few games and especially as we were on the ropes a bit in the second half."

Tuesday’s win sets the Dons up nicely for their first versus second clash with Bristol City on Saturday and Afobe says he and his team-mates will be going into the game full of confidence.

He added: "We’ve scored 21 goals in the league so Bristol City will be aware that we are a threat going forward and that we’re very solid at the back.

"We’re just going to enjoy the game and continue playing the way we are. If we stick to our game plan and play with the same desire we have in the last few weeks then I can’t see any reason why we should fear them or why we can’t win."

Tickets for Saturday's trip to Bristol City must be purchased in advance of matchday from the Box Office at stadiummkor the kiosk at thecentre:mk. Tickets will not be available on the day at Ashton Gate.

To purchase tickets visit the MK Dons Box Office at stadium
mkor the kiosk at thecentre:mk, call 01908 622900 or e-mail

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