Wells: we’re ready for game of our lives
Nahki Wells has issued a rallying cry to his Huddersfield Town team-mates, calling for them to “rise to the occasion” before their Sky Bet Championship playoff semi-final with Sheffield Wednesday today.
Huddersfield were held to a goalless draw at home in the first leg and head to South Yorkshire in good spirits — although Wells believes his side need to be far more ruthless in front of goal.
The Bermuda striker has scored ten goals this season and went close twice in last weekend’s tie, but was thwarted on both occasions by superb saves from Wednesday goalkeeper Keiren Westwood.
“We have to go there and maybe be a little bit more clinical and create maybe a couple more clear-cut chances,” Wells told the Huddersfield Examiner.
“We have to stand up and rise to the occasion, we have to put a lot of emphasis on hard work and desire as that is what these games are about.
“You have to give 100 per cent and then just hope the quality will shine through.
“Both teams are similar, I thought we were the better side, but we just couldn’t get that goal. If we can get a goal or two, that just may be enough. Maybe even one.”
Although Wednesday are in the driving seat after chalking up their seventeenth clean sheet of the season, Wells does not believe that home advantage will count in their favour.
He does, however, admit that Wednesday’s resolute defence — the best in the league having conceded just 45 goals — will be tough to break down at Hillsborough.
“They might be going back home thinking they’ve got a superior advantage now, but I don’t see it that way, if we go there and dominate like we did here, then you never know what can happen.” Wells added.
“It won’t be easy going to Hillsboroug. It is a tough place to go, however it is just all about one game now and the winner takes it all.
“They are a side who are really strong defensively and collectively.
“It comes down to one match, no away goals rule and the better man who wins on the day gets to Wembley.
“It may be the biggest game some players will have played so far in their footballing careers.”
Wednesday’s supporters will expect their side to display a far greater attacking threat at home and that, according to Wells, could play into Huddersfield’s hands.
“I’m sure they will have the backing of their fans, which are normally really good down in Sheffield,” Wells said.
“However, we will have 2,000 of our supporters there and I know they’ll make a lot of noise.
“I’m not worried about what they will do. If they play as deep as they did today, I’m not sure how their fans will react.”
Huddersfield or Wednesday will face Reading in the playoff final at Wembley on Monday, May 29.
Reading beat Fulham 1-0 thanks to a Yann Kermorgant penalty at the Madejski Stadium yesterday to win 2-1 on aggregate.
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