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Posted on 14 April 2010  - 12:00

Jon Obika grabbed a vital goal for Millwall on Tuesday night - against his former loan club Yeovil.

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Jon Obika grabbed a vital goal for Millwall on Tuesday night - against his former loan club Yeovil.

The striker, 19, came off the bench after 52 minutes with the Lions, chasing automatic promotion from League One, trailing 1-0 at Huish Park. At the same time, promotion rivals Leeds were on their way to three points at Carlisle.

To add further Spurs spice to the occasion, Jon came head-to-head with his team-mate and Yeovil loanee Steven Caulker, who was at the heart of the home side's defence.

In the end, Jon had the final word as he rose well to flick home a header three minutes into the four minutes of added time to hand his side what could be a vital point.

"It was a bit crazy," reflected Jon this morning. "To come on against my former loan club, to play against Steven and then to score so late.

"We needed something out of the game, especially with Leeds winning. We had to gamble and push forward and it paid off.

"I didn't celebrate out of respect for my former loan club. I loved my time at Yeovil last season and this season and it was a great experience for me, but I was delighted to score and to play my part."

Jon has a knack of scoring key goals. He did exactly the same during his time at Yeovil last season, when winners against Swindon and Northampton went a long way in taking the Glovers away from any threat of relegation.

"It's a completely different type of pressure," said Jon. "Last season was all about getting away from relegation for Yeovil, now we're aiming for promotion at Millwall. There is still pressure, but it's more exciting.

"We all believe we can do it. The spirit is high in the squad and we're all looking forward to our final four games. It will be great experience for me as well."

As for his Spurs team-mate Steven - the pair played 22 times together for Yeovil this season - Jon said they 'gave a nod to each other' as he came on, but after that it was down to business.

"We spoke before and after, but not on the pitch," said Jon. "It was a strange situation, we know each other so well, but it's all about the points out there."

Steven smiled as he recalled the night's events. "Yes, it was strange when he came on," he said. "We didn't really speak to each other - there are no friends out on the pitch!

"I know what Jon's all about, I know his trademark moves and I actually enjoyed the challenge.

"To be fair, he did well and we knew beforehand that he'd be a danger if he came on. I'm just glad he didn't out-jump me for his goal - I'd never have lived that down!"