Wells returns in Burnley defeat
Nahki Wells expressed mixed feelings after making a cameo appearance in Burnley’s 2-1 home defeat against Chelsea in the Premier Division at Turf Moor yesterday.
The Bermuda striker was happy to make his first appearance for Burnley in more than a month after coming on as an 87th-minute substitute, but was disappointed that his team suffered their first league defeat at home in almost three months.
“I was happy to get a run out because it’s been a while,” Wells told The Royal Gazette. “I was happy to get an opportunity but we lost and it was a difficult opportunity to take considering I only got a few minutes.”
Yesterday was Wells’s first taste of first-team action since coming off the bench in a 1-0 defeat away to Swansea City at Liberty Stadium in February and eighth appearance of the season. The result snapped Burnley’s impressive five-game win streak.
“To win five games in the Premier League for a team outside of the top six is an unbelievable achievement,” said Wells, who signed for Burnley for £5 million from Huddersfield Town on transfer-deadline day last August, noted. “I guess we are just continuing to break the barriers of what expectations have been put on us.
“The team has done phenomenal and I have to give credit to the lads that have been playing because they have done great with the manager [Sean Dyche] who seems to be getting it right with all his decisions.”
Burnley started the match in search of a second straight league win at home but were forced to chase the game after falling behind to an own goal from defender Kevin Long in the 20th minute.
The home side finally got a foothold in the match when Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s long- range effort deflected off team-mate Ashley Barnes and wrong-footed Thibaut Courtois, the Chelsea goalkeeper. However, Burnley were level for only five minutes as the visiting side regained the lead for good through Victor Moses’s 69th minute winner.
n The Bermuda Under-17 women’s football team will face Canada in their opening match at the Concacaf Championship in Nicaragua today.
Bermuda have been pitted in group B which also consists of the United States and Costa Rica, while group A is comprised of host nation Nicaragua, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Haiti.
Bermuda take on the US on Sunday before closing out the group stage against Costa Rica on April 24.
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