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Nahki continues early season scoring spree

Nahki Wells downplayed his double salvo that earned Bradford City a share of the spoils with Colchester United at the weekend.

The Bermuda striker converted either side of the half at Valley Parade on Saturday to extend his season tally to nine goals and perhaps more importantly protect the Bantams' unbeaten home record this season.

Commenting on his performance, Wells told The Royal Gazette: “I wouldn't necessarily put it down to one of my best performances because I've played better. I was just clinical enough to take the two chances that I had. I don't recall having any other chance in the match.”

As for his impressive early season scoring form, Wells said: “I don't want to get too carried away because I know it comes a time when you can't hit an open net. It shows that in football it's not going to be smooth sailing for the entire season and I'm expecting that.”

Wells has set himself a 30-goal target for the season.

“If I can keep up the rate I'm doing then I should be all right,” he said. “I'm still a long way off, but I'm going to the best I can to achieve it.”

Wells gave City the lead against Colchester when he scored in the 14th minute after latching onto a partial clearance that rolled into his path.

But the visitors hit back twice inside four minutes to take the lead before Wells rolled up his sleeves and equalised with a looping header in the 52nd minute to earn City another precious point.

Wells, 23, said he never felt as though his team's unblemished home record was in jeopardy.

“It was never in my mind that we would get beaten,” he said. “We clawed back one and should have won it in the end.”

He added: “Colchester are probably the best side we have played this year so credit to them because they deserved something from the match. In my opinion a draw was a fair result.

“To stay unbeaten at home is important because it sends a message out to teams that playing at Valley Parade isn't going to be easy.”

The visitors' goals were the first conceded by the Bantams at Coral Windows Stadium this season.

Wells sprained a shoulder during the Bantams' previous match with Brentford but was declared fit to play on Saturday.

“I felt the shoulder which was a minor distraction,” he said. “I had to be wise in terms of what challenges I went into and how I threw myself about.

“But I came out of the game unscathed and the shoulder is getting better by the day.”

Nahki Wells has scored nine goals already this season.

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Published September 15, 2013 at 4:08 pm (Updated September 15, 2013 at 4:08 pm)

Nahki continues early season scoring spree

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