Wells smashes wonder goal
Bradford City assistant coach Steve Parkin has hailed Nahki Wells' “violent right foot” after he struck a late match-winning wonder goal against Rochdale in the FA Cup.
The 21-year-old, who came on a second half substitute, smashed a long-range screamer six minutes from time to give Bradford a surprise 1-0 win over their League One opponents at the Coral Windows Stadium on Saturday.
Parkin said Wells' stunning goal was just rewards for the hard work he had put in on the training ground where he has been finding the net with deadly regularity.
“It was a remarkable goal and I hope it gets the coverage it deserves on the television,” said Parkin, a former Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion defender.
“When he walked off the pitch I told him he had scored that goal because he had been hitting the back of the net on a regular basis in training.
“As a front player, there's no substitute for getting yourself into good form and good practice.”
Parkin is no stranger to Wells' thunderous shooting ability and wasn't overly surprised to see the ball scream past the Rochdale goalkeeper, dipping on its way before crashing against the stantion in the top corner.
“The one thing the boy's got is a violent right or left foot and creates so much pace on the ball from very little back lift,” Parkin said.
“When a game has been as tight as that, for it to be settled by a goal of that quality gives us all a great deal of pleasure.
“Nahki spends a lot of time away with his international team but it's good to have him back in training and I'm sure he will enjoy the limelight (for his goal).”
Wells was meant to miss Bradford's FA Cup tie and play for Bermuda against Barbados in last Friday's World Cup qualifier instead, but had a change of heart after being recalled to Bantams' first team squad.
The former Dandy Town man is, however, expected to play in his country's final Group B qualifier against the Bajan Tridents at the National Sports Centre today after returning to the Island last night.
Since joining Bradford at the start of the season, the ex-Carlisle United player has scored two goals in five sub appearances.
Bermuda goalkeeper Freddy Hall was an unused substitute in Northampton Town's 1-0 FA Cup defeat at Luton Town at the weekend.
Bradford will face the winners of Wimbledon or Scunthorpe, who drew 0-0 on Saturday, in the second round of the FA Cup.
For a video clip of Wells' goal clink on this link www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZU_VFStVW2g