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Wells: Bantams will bounce back for final

Bradford City striker Nahki Wells has shrugged off the Bantams 2-1 away loss to AFC Wimbledon at the weekend.

Despite dominating the match for long spells Wells and his teammates came up empty-handed at the Fans’ Stadium on Saturday after conceding two late goals from set pieces.

“We dominated the entire match but didn’t defend two crosses well enough and that was pretty much our downfall,” Wells told

The Royal Gazette. “Saturday’s defeat was unfortunate. It was a sloppy game and we knew it would be like that.”

The Bantams took the lead in the 59th minute through a goal from Garry Thompson.

But the Dons saved their best for last, equalising through sub Jack Midson (83rd) and then securing maximum points after Gary Alexander headed home the game winner in stoppage time.

The loss was hardly the result Wells and his Bradford teammates had hoped for in their final outing prior to Sunday’s League Cup Final showdown with Premier side Swansea at Wembley Stadium.

However, Wells is confident the Bantams can put Saturday’s loss to relegation-threatened Wimbledon behind them and lift themselves up for their League Cup Final commitment with Swansea.

“It would have been important to have won the game before Wembley,” Wells said. “But we know we done what it should’ve took to come out victorious in the match and unfortunately we didn’t.”

Wells doesn’t believe Saturday’s loss will have done his team’s confidence any significant harm.

“I don’t think it will have too much effect on us other than the fact we feel we have something to prove having lost our previous game,” he said.

Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson started the match with strikers Wells and James Hanson on the bench. Both players eventually came on as second half subs.

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup also rested key players in his team’s 5-0 loss against Liverpool at Anfield.

The Swans have never won a major domestic trophy while Bradford won the FA Cup in 1911.

Bradford are the first fourth tier team to reach a major English domestic cup final in 51 years.

Wells, 22, has scored three goals in the League Cup this term, including a brace against Burton Albion at Valley Parade last September.

The Bermuda international is Bradford’s current leading goal scorer with 18 goals in all competitions.

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Published February 19, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated February 18, 2013 at 4:08 pm)

Wells: Bantams will bounce back for final

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