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Afobe apologised to lads before finding back of the net

Stoke City's Benik Afobe dedicated his goal at Reading to Head of Performance, Dave Carolan, who lost his father prior to the game.

The striker struck three minutes after half time after missing a couple of gilt edged chances in the opening period.

Afobe said: "I knew I was going to score today, I was disappointed I didn't score by half time and I went in and apologised to the lads for missing two chances.

"I've never hid in football, I can miss 100 chances, I can miss 100 penalties but I'm still going to be up there and getting in them positions and I'm never, ever, ever going to hide.

"As a forward you are always going to miss chances and I was pleased I did score and I was confident that I was going to score.

"But as I said, I'm a team player and would take not scoring again this season and winning every single game to be honest with you."

Afobe had cancelled out Marc McNulty's opener for the home side just before half time.

Tom Ince, with a contender for goal of the season then put Stoke in front on 69 minutes.

But the home side rescued a point through Modou Barrow in stoppage time.

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