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01/21/2017 | News release | Distributed by Public on 01/21/2017 12:35

Benik Afobe - I focused on being composed and finding the bottom corner

Afobe was introduced with the Cherries trailing 2-1 to the Hornets, but within minutes of coming on an intelligent turn and a dead-eye finish from the 23-year-old ensured his side earned a Vitality Stadium point.

The striker explained the process of trying to influence the match coming on from the bench: 'As a centre-forward I'm just watching how the Watford defenders are playing - what they're doing right and what they're doing wrong, then I try to get involved as quickly as I can.

'The manager said to me and Jordon Ibe when we were coming on to try and impact the game, bring some spark and thankfully we got ourselves the equaliser.

'I saw Surman got the ball and he looked for me, looking for the run and it was quite straight forward. When I was through on goal I focused on being composed and finding the bottom corner; once it hit the back of the net it was a good feeling.

'At the time we thought we could go on and get the winner, if there were ten or 15 minutes more we probably could have. We're disappointed with a draw to be honest.'

Afobe talked through the process of staying sharp throughout his time watching on as a substitute, saying that spectating from the sidelines is almost as taxing as being out on the pitch.

'The manager always says to be ready from minute one, all the subs from from the goalkeeper to the centre-forward,' Afobe continued.

'It's tough because you have to be mentally prepared. I feel like I'm playing because you keep watching the game and your more nervous on the bench because you can't do anything about it.

'Once you go out there you just make sure you have a good warm-up and are ready to contribute. Thankfully today I did that and managed to get myself a goal for the club.'

To read the post-match thoughts of Cherries manager Eddie Howe, click here.