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Finding A Wavelength

Benik Afobe believes he is starting to build on-the-pitch relationships with his Wolves teammates following his return to Molineux.

The striker, who re-joined Wolves on loan from Bournemouth in January, has scored four goals in as many games in gold & black, finding the net twice during Saturday’s 3-1 win over Burton Albion.

And Afobe discussed how he is beginning to find his feet and learn how his teammates like to play.

Speaking after Saturday’s game, he said: “I feel good. As any centre-forward would tell you, when they’re scoring goals and the team’s winning, they’re happy.

“We’ve found some sort of wavelength now. The first few games for me were about adapting to the way the team plays and them adapting to the way I play.

“It’s going well on the training pitch and I think that’s showing on the matchdays now as well.

“Before the game, I spoke to Ruben about trying to find space because we knew Burton were going to sit deep.

“He knows I like to get in behind so he said that his passes might not be over the top, they might be slide-balls along the floor.

“As I saw him driving towards me, I just pointed, made the move and I knew the pass was going to come.

“That’s why I went over to him to celebrate after I scored the first one. That’s what you do as a team, you look for each other and you talk and discuss the game.

“Ruben’s a top-quality player and I’m happy that he got the assist for the goal. It’s always about the team.

“For the second goal, Cavaleiro and Costa linked up and the ball basically fell to me.

“I don’t know if Cavaleiro meant the assist but he’ll be happy that he got it and I’m obviously happy with another goal.

“The main thing is that we got the three points, we can go into the international break pleased with our last two performances and ready for the Middlesbrough game in a couple of weeks’ time.”

Wolves’ victory over Burton Albion meant that Nuno Espirito Santo’s men took 9 points from a possible 12 heading into the international break.
And the striker explained that back-to-back wins over Reading and Burton was a fantastic way for the team to bounce back after defeat at Villa Park.

“After the disappointing weekend against Villa last week, we had six points to play for against Reading and Burton and were just glad we got those six points,” said Afobe.

“The last few games have been good. Personally and for the team. We’ve got nine points from a possible 12.

“We’ve got eight matches to go now and we’re taking it game-by-game.

“The boys are just trying to focus on each game as it comes and winning all of them is our goal now.

“For us now, we’re going to have a good rest for a couple of days before some of us go away on international duty.

“When we come back we know what we want to do and that’s win against Middlesbrough.”

The striker has enjoyed a warm reception from the Wolves support since his return to the club and, when asked about his relationship with the fans, Afobe responded: “I just want to prove them right.

“Everyone knows that I had a successful time here a couple of years ago. I’ve taken to the fans and they’ve taken to me.

“When I go out there, I want to play for them, I want to show them that I’m as good as before, if not better.

“That’s through work-rate, that’s through goals, that’s through winning with the team.

“If we end up being champions at the end of the season and I’ve scored a few goals then I think everyone’s going to be happy.”