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Nahki Wells was the hero as his double salvo helped Bradford City book a return to Wembley in the League Two play-off final after defeating Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium.

The League Cup finalists, who were beaten 5-0 by Premier League Swansea in February, had trailed 3-2 from the first leg. But Wells pounced on a defensive mishap to level the tie before James Hanson gave them an aggregate lead for the first time with a neat finish.

Burton’s Jacques Maghoma's then converted a penalty to make it 4-4 overall before former Dandy Town man Wells struck again.

The Bantams will face either Northampton or Cheltenham at Wembley on Saturday, May 18 for a place in League One.

Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson heaped praise on Wells and his strike partner James Hanson.

"I thought the front two were unplayable today.

"We thought we'd change one or two things slightly to put them right up the pitch and it nullified them."

He added: "Nahki's second goal was a real goalscorer's effort and Hanson's strike was a Premier League finish. His overall play is getting better and better."

Bradford City captain Gary Jones echoed Parkinson’s sentiments.

"When you've got Nahki Wells and James Hanson in your team you've got a chance. It was a great finish by James on his weaker foot.

"It'll be third time lucky for me at Wembley. I've lost there twice and now I want to lift some silverware."

English Championship side Burnley are reportedly planning a £500,000 summer move for Wells, who has scored 24 goals in all competitions this season.

Photos Gary Chadwick Nahki Wells scored twice for Bradford in the second leg of their League Two play-off match against Burton Albion.
Photos Gary Chadwick Bradford's Nahki Wells scored twice against Burton Albion.

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Published May 05, 2013 at 11:23 pm (Updated May 05, 2013 at 11:22 pm)

Wells scores brace as Bradford return to Wembley

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