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Wimbledon next for Wells and Bradford

Nahki Wells and his Bradford City team mates will face League Two rivals AFC Wimbledon in the next round of the FA Cup at Coral Windows Stadium.

Both teams advanced to the second round of the competition with hard fought 1-0 victories against Rochdale and Scunthorpe.

That the Bantams advanced owed much to a ruthless strike from Wells whose goal from distance after coming on as a sub was all his team needed to get past Rochdale.

They could now host Wimbledon at Coral Windows Stadium in the second round of the FA Cup as early as December 3.

In the previous meeting between the two teams Wimbledon edged the Bantams 2-1 and Bermuda International Wells expects next month’s FA Cup tie to be just as evenly contested.

“Like any game it will be tough and hopefully we will have picked up some points and consistency by then,” he told The Royal Gazette. “As we are the home team and have a good cup record we will probably go into the tie as favourites.”

Wells was rewarded for his stunning FA Cup strike against Rochdale with his first professional start in the Bantams’ 3-2 loss to Rotherham United in last weekend’s Yorkshire derby at Coral Windows Stadium.

The 21-year-old striker played the entire 90 minutes and even though he failed to hit the target was encouraged by his display.

“I had no signs of fatigue or problems and got 90 minutes which is a good sign,” he said. “I honestly felt I was always a threat through the 90 minutes and it was just unlucky we lost which always seems worse.”

Wells joined Bradford on a one-year contract in July of this year after being released by Carlisle United at the end of last season.

Former Manchester City striker Shaun Goater believes his compatriot has what it takes to prolong his career in the UK.

“There’s a good chance Nahki can do really well and move himself up the league because he’s got really good talent and the game today appreciates those sort of players,” he said. “He’s a humble person and I think that goes a long way in the professional game which itself is a very humbling sport.”

Bradford will now resume their quest for a first league win on the road this season when they travel to Gillingham tomorrow. City are currently third from the bottom of League Two with 14 points from 18 matches while Gillingham are eighth.

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Published November 25, 2011 at 1:00 am (Updated November 25, 2011 at 6:16 am)

Wimbledon next for Wells and Bradford

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