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Wells’ delight at derby chance

Nahki Wells will make the first start of his professional career in Bradford City’s Yorkshire derby with Rotherham United at Coral Windows Stadium today.

The 21-year-old striker has been named in the Bantams’ starting XI as reward for his stunning goal in last week’s FA Cup win over Rochdale.

Wells came on as a second-half subsitute and scored the game winner with a breathtaking goal from distance.

On the eve of today’s home derby with Rotherham the ex-Dandy Town player said was delighted to get his first starting role and hopes he can continue his current goal scoring exploits.

“It’s a great achievement to get the first professional start of my career and hopefully there will be many more,” he said. “I just need to have a good game and hopefully we get the win and even better I get on the scoresheet.”

The Millers are currently seven places higher in the League One standings than their hosts. But City’s three league wins of the season so far have all arrived on home turf.

“Of course it’s much easier to play at home,” said Wells, “...but it also brings a different pressure of playing well in front of your fans and that’s the most important part.”

In his short time at Bradford the Bermuda International has already witnessed some intense Yorkshire derbies and expects today’s clash with the Millers will be no exception.

“So far the Yorkshire derbies have been more extreme with a better buzz within the stadium,” he said. “I reckon there will be a good crowd of around 11,000 so I’m looking forward to it.”

Another Bermudian who knows a thing or two about Yorkshire derbies is Shaun Goater, who scored 86 goals in 262 appearances for Rotherham between 1989 and 1996.

“Yorkshire people are really hearted people and really work hard for the their money and everything and so they also expect that from their players,” said Goater. “Whenever I’ve played against Bradford City you did have those intense games so I’m sure it will be the same sort of encounter for this weekend’s derby.

“Nahki Wells will have a physical encounter against Rotherham because that’s what they always bring along.”

Like many, Goater was left awestruck by Wells’ FA Cup thunderbolt.

“I think the goal has done him wonders because you have to make noise and the best way to make noise is to score goals,” he said. “You either have to score regularly or score great goals, and that goal surely put him on the map.”

Goater said there’s absolutely no doubt in his mind that Wells has what it takes to land a long-term contract at Bradford.

“If he’s consistently playing well between now and the end of the season he should solidify a long- term contract,” he said. “He could potentially become a good investment from the club’s point of view for the future.”

Nahki Wells celebrates scoring a goal for Bradford City. Photo supplied Telegraph and Argus, Bradford.

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Published November 19, 2011 at 8:17 am (Updated November 19, 2011 at 8:16 am)

Wells’ delight at derby chance

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