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Scannell backs Wells to take his chances

Goal trail: Wells fires home to hand Huddersfield victory over Bolton at the John Smith's Stadium

Next weekend marks a year since Nahki Wells signed for Huddersfield Town from Bradford City, becoming Bermuda’s first million-pound footballer in the process.

It has been an indifferent year for the Bermudian, who ended a two-month goal drought last weekend by scoring the winner against Bolton Wanderers after coming on as a second-half substitute.

The 85th-minute winner was extra special because Wells had a host of family members at the match who were visiting him for Christmas.

Wells has not been a regular starter since Chris Powell took over as Huddersfield manager in early September, even after his two goals against Millwall later that month gave the former Charlton manager his first win with the West Yorkshire club.

Wells was on the substitutes’ bench against Bolton despite loan player Grant Holt returning to his parent club, Wigan Athletic, but the Bermuda striker’s late winner may convince Powell to give him a first start in four games against Reading today in the third round of the FA Cup.

Team-mate Sean Scannell is backing his fellow forward to make his mark in the Cup this season, starting at the John Smith’s Stadium today.

“It doesn’t matter whether Nahki starts or comes on from the bench, he’ll always score goals,” Scannell said. “He’s one of the best strikers in the league and he thrives on the kind of service he got against Bolton.”

The 24-year-old has already notched a Capital One Cup hat-trick for Huddersfield away to Chesterfield, with his recent goal against Bolton being his tenth of the season.

The Huddersfield-Reading fixture is one of six all-Championship FA Cup clashes this weekend and manager Powell, who led Charlton Athletic to last season’s quarter-finals, beating Huddersfield along the way, aims to repeat the defeat of Reading achieved by caretaker manager Mark Lillis back in August, when Jacob Butterfield and Harry Bunn sealed a 2-1 success.

Powell is hoping Scannell shrugs off the foot problem he picked up against Bolton. He will also make a fitness check on centre back Joel Lynch, who has been out for a month with a groin injury.