BENIK Afobe believes he underlined his potential to become Millwall's latest loan star with his man-of-the-match performance against Middlesbrough on Saturday.
The Arsenal youngster is hoping to follow in the footsteps of former Den favourites Harry Kane and Chris Wood, who both flourished whilst on loan in SE16 from Premier League clubs.
Afobe and strike partner John Marquis were singled out for special praise by manager Kenny Jackett following the Lions' gritty 2-1 win at the Riverside Stadium.
And the 20-year-old is confident the duo can strike up an even better understanding in the weeks to come. He told NewsAtDen: "We are a good partnership and there's more to come from us I think.
"We can learn a few things from each other. I played with Rob Hulse in my first game and John is pretty similar – he is obviously much younger, like me – but I can work off his flicks and hold up play.
"I started the game slowly and I didn't really touch the ball in the first ten minutes but I kept going. The gaffer told me if I kept working my talent would show and I think I proved what I can do here."
Victory on Teesside halted a five-match losing run for Jackett's side and Afobe says the Lions never looked back after taking the lead through George Friend's own goal.
"It was a massive game – we'd lost five in a row so to come to Middlesbrough, which still feels like a Premier League club, and win is fantastic," he said.
"I am delighted for the boys, the gaffer and the staff – hopefully we can push on. We plugged away and got the second goal. The main thing for us was to go in at half-time 2-0 up without conceding.
"That gave us a great chance and, at that stage, all we were thinking about was winning the game – a draw didn't cross our minds. We are really happy with the three points."
Referee Michael Naylor riled both sides with two late decisions – to refuse Millwall a penalty when Afobe was bundled over by Stephen McManus, before Scott McDonald's late strike was disallowed.
"I should have had a penalty – 100 per cent," Afobe said. "He's barged me out of the way but I was just delighted to get the man-of-the-match-award. It's all forgotten.
"I was so relieved their goal didn't count. Because I am a striker the first thing I did was look across at the linesman – when I saw him with his flag up, I thought 'this is the best day of my life.'"