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Wells: I had to prove a point before I left

Nahki Wells said it was vital for him “to prove a point” during Bradford City’s 4-2 win against Barnet on Saturday before leaving England to join his Bermuda team-mates for upcoming World Cup qualifiers in the Caribbean.

The 21-year-old striker opened his “official” scoring account at the League Two club after coming on as a late second-half sub during the inspiring win in front of nearly 10,000 fans at Coral Windows Stadium.

It was City’s first win of the season and first under interim manager Colin Cooper.

Heading into the match, Wells said he was determined to put his best foot forward to enhance his chances of walking straight back into the Bantams’ first team once Bermuda’s upcoming World Cup qualifying commitments in Trinidad and Guyana have concluded.

“I knew I had to go into that game and do well and leave a good account for myself before I travel knowing that if I did well as soon as a get back I would be a part of the plans no matter what happens,” he told

The Royal Gazette.

The former Dandy Town player met yesterday with Cooper who feels the player shouldn’t encounter any problems keeping his place in the squad as long as he remains healthy.

“The manager said I shouldn’t have any problem getting back into the team, which I was delighted to hear,” Wells said.

“He understands international duty and looks at it as a benefit for players. He said it’s always great to represent your country and receive caps.”

Wells said it felt “great” to finally open his scoring account at City in only his second first team appearance.

“It was a blessing and as I look back and watch it on TV it gives me a great feeling,” he added. “It was a great feeling, especially not being in the team for a few games.

“I knew I had a point to prove, especially for the fans who haven’t seen too much of me. I just felt that if I had my chance that day I would go on and do well.”

Wells pounced in the box in the 90th minute and capitalised on some loose defending to stretch the Bantams’ lead.

“It was a defensive error and I saw that if he (defender) made a mistake it would fall into my path and that’s what happened,” he recalled.

The fledging pro was denied a brace moments later when his effort hit the upright.

“I actually started running off to celebrate and then it hit the inside of the post and rolled across the line but didn’t go in the net, which was devastating,” Wells said. “It would’ve been a dream come true, but I still showed what I can do when I come on.”

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Published August 29, 2011 at 10:10 am (Updated August 29, 2011 at 10:10 am)

Wells: I had to prove a point before I left

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