Wells relieved to end barren spell
Nahki Wells hopes his game winner against Northampton Town at the weekend is a sign of better things to come.
The Bradford City striker put an end to a two month goal drought after scoring the Bantams’ match winner in a 1-0 home win against the Cobblers at Valley Parade at the weekend.
The Bermudian’s goal, his 19th of the season, gave his confidence a welcomed boost and more importantly kept Bradford’s promotion hopes alive heading into the business end of the season.
“It’s a big relief to score because as a striker your game revolves around scoring goals, which gives you the confidence to go and play well,” Wells told
The Royal Gazette. “It’s a big relief and I think it’s a good time to come back in scoring goals for us because it’s an important part of the season. I’m glad I’m hitting a bit of form at the right time and starting to get the backing of the crowd again.”
Wells’ form dipped in the final weeks leading up to his team’s League Cup final showdown with Swansea City at Wembley last February, which eventually led to spending more time on the bench.
“I think it just boiled down to the fact that I’ve been inconsistent for nine to 12 matches,” the striker said. “I hadn’t had a good run of minutes like I had in the beginning of the season. I also didn’t seem to have the manager’s (Phil Parkinson) backing; he didn’t seem like he had the faith in me anymore, which happens sometimes in the season.
“Sometimes you have a little blip and I think that’s what I had. I wasn’t lacking in confidence, I just played so inconsistently that it was very difficult to be on the field at times, and we were playing well and scoring goals. But the goals are always going to come, and the fact that I played is why I scored.”
Bradford’s win against Northampton moved them up to eighth in the League Two standings, a mere two points adrift of a place in the play-offs.
“Saturday’s game was very important and we knew how important it was to keep our play-off hopes alive,” Wells said. “We were playing a team in front of us and closed the gap on them and also the teams all around us dropped points, so that was a massive game.”
Wells and his Bantams teammates will look to make further inroads in their quest for promotion when they host Bristol Rovers at Coral Windows Stadium today.
“It’s a good buzz around the club with the possibility of getting promoted back on and we will go into Tuesday’s game on a bit of form and confidence and on a high,” the former Dandy Town player said. “We know we will go into the play-off zone with a win against Bristol Rovers, which I feel we are capable of.
“We are running into a bit of form at the right time. We have five games left and hopefully we can pick up maximum points in all five games. It’s a big ask, but I think we are totally capable of doing so.”
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