Wells determined to be a Wembley winner
The wounds from this season’s League Cup final defeat to Swansea have yet to heal for Nahki Wells.
But come tomorrow Wells and his Bradford City team-mates can truly begin the road to recovery with victory over Northampton Town in the League Two Play-Off final at Wembley Stadium.
Wells believes that the big occasion against the Swans during his team’s previous trip to the iconic stadium last February may have got the better of them, something he and his team-mates will look to avoid repeating against the Cobblers with so much at stake in tomorrow’s match.
“The last time we played at Wembley we put a lot of emphasis on the game but now we realise it’s just another game really,” Wells told
The Royal Gazette. “The last time we were at Wembley we might have let the occasion get to us but this is just another game so we are all calm, been sharp in training and had a few days off to rest. We are totally up for it and everyone can’t wait.”
Wells reckons the 5-0 loss to Swansea in the League Cup final earlier this year will give the Bantams even more determination to come away with the desired result this time around.
“A lot of players had their heads down (after League Cup final) because we still felt we could’ve gave more,” he said. “But I’m sure that with that learning curve and opportunity we will be able to put it right.”
After coming up short in their quest for League Cup glory City struck form in the league to claim a place in the play-offs, where they are now just one win away from joining Gillingham, Rotherham and Port Vale in League One next season.
While he takes great pride in having appeared in a major English cup final, and being the first Bermudian to play at the new Wembley Stadium, Wells said the magical cup run took its toll on his team’s form in the league.
“It just brought a slight bit of distraction from our league form in which we all still gave a hundred percent,” he said. “The comparison between a Capital One game and going into a league game is drastically different, so we knew once that got out of the way we just needed to find a bit of form and get a bit of momentum going. And we did just that and comfortably got into the play-offs.
“We have ridden our luck a bit this season and in the cup games we have shown what type of squad we have and what type of players we have and you don’t make it to Wembley twice without looking at the positives and how much we have turned around our season from last season, so we are looking to make it second time lucky.”
Wells said victory over the Cobblers would be just reward for his club’s loyal fans who have stood behind the Bantams through thick and thin.
“Our fans have been magnificent,” he said. “They have been our 12th man and they totally deserve it, so we have to go out there and give a performance in which they have invested all this money in.”