Wells brimming with confidence, says Parkinson
Scoring goals is fast becoming a habit for Nahki Wells again.
Bradford City’s Bermudian striker gave further indication that he is rounding into top form after netting a brace in his team’s 4-1 thrashing of Bristol Rovers at Valley Parade earlier this week.
Well’s double salvo further enhanced the Bantams’ promotion hopes with four matches remaining in the season.
The ex-Dandy Town man achieved his first 20-goal season in English football after breaking the deadlock with a close range header before doubling his tally and his team’s from the penalty spot both goals arriving within a 20-minute span.
Wells has now netted three goals in his previous two outings and is City’s leading scorer with 21 goals in all competitions the highest amount achieved by a Bradford player in a single season in recent memory.
“I’m proud to say I’ve achieved what another player hasn’t done in quite some years at Bradford in reaching the 20-goal mark,” Wells told
The Royal Gazette. “It was a short-term goal I set out not too long ago to get there. And now that I’ve gotten there I’ve set further targets and hopefully I can achieve them.”
Tuesday’s win against Rovers, the Bantams’ fourth in their previous five outings and second straight at home, lifted the Yorkshire club into seventh place in the League Two standings, a mere point ahead of Exeter in the battle for the final play-off spot.
City remain six points adrift of Burton Albion for the third automatic promotion place up for grabs.
Wells, 22, broke out of a scoring slump stretching back to February 2 after scoring the game winner in Bradford’s 1-0 win against high-flying Northampton Town at Coral Windows Stadium last weekend.
With his team’s promotion hopes intact, City manager Phil Parkinson is delighted to see his Bermudian striker hitting his straps with so much on the line.
“He’s full of confidence again,” Parkinson told the Telegraph and Argus. “You can see a player who’s had a good break and he’s fresh again, which helps because his game is about energy.”
Wells is relieved to be finding the target again.
“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,” he said. “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.”
Bradford are away to ninth place Chesterfield FC at Proact Stadium tomorrow. The two teams battled to a scoreless draw in their first league encounter at Valley Parade last November.
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