Benik Afobe scores twice as Millwall down Huddersfield



Posted Thursday, March 17, 2022 by PA

Benik Afobe scores twice as Millwall down Huddersfield

Benik Afobe scored both goals as Millwall closed in on the Championship play-off places with an impressive 2-0 victory over promotion-chasing Huddersfield.

The Lions moved within two points of the top six after extending their unbeaten run to eight games and making it five matches without conceding in the process.

They also ended the Terriers’ streak of 17 league games without defeat – which stretched back to November – and left them still three points behind second-placed Bournemouth, having now played three games more.

That was after Huddersfield had a flurry of chances in the game’s early stages, starting with Lewis O’Brien having a well-struck effort from just outside the box that forced a good save out of Bartosz Bialkowski.

The resulting corner from Sorba Thomas was not cleared properly, leading to Duane Holmes having a low effort that also needed pushing away by Bialkowski.

Holmes then sent another shot from distance over the bar before Danny Ward lifted off target after being picked out by O’Brien’s excellent ball into the area.

Having withstood the early pressure, Millwall almost took the lead themselves in the 12th minute when Murray Wallace played a pass through for Afobe, with Lee Nicholls doing well to stop his attempted dink.

That led to the Lions building up a head of steam and they broke through after 27 minutes when a blocked shot from Mason Bennett fell for Afobe, who controlled before burying the ball past Nicholls.

The hosts continued to have the better of things until half-time, with Bennett almost adding a second when he curled just over after cutting inside from the left.

A big chance for Millwall to double their lead came 10 minutes into the second half when Bennett’s cut-back found its way to Afobe, but he shot tamely at Nicholls.

There was no stopping Afobe from claiming his second two minutes later, however, when he smashed a superb effort into the bottom corner after Scott Malone’s free-kick was cleared his way.

The Lions almost killed the game off when only the crossbar denied Afobe a hat-trick with a close-range header before Nicholls somehow clawed away Dan Ballard’s follow-up.

Still the hosts pushed for a third and they came close again when George Saville knocked the ball back for Wallace, who was denied on the line by Harry Toffolo.

The woodwork then prevented Afobe from completing his treble again when his header from Malone’s cross came back off the post with seven minutes left.

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