Wells relieved to end famine
Nahki Wells, the Huddersfield Town striker, is adamant that he can form a formidable strike partnership with James Vaughan.
Vaughan, a former Everton and Norwich City forward, came off the substitutes' bench to help Wells end his nine-game goal famine during Town's 4-2 home defeat by Blackburn Rovers at the John Smith's Stadium.
Vaughan nodded the ball down for Wells to fire home on the turn in the 71st minute. Saturday's appearance was the first for Vaughan, a former England Under-21 player, in several weeks after being sidelined with a calf injury.
“It is nice to have him fit and I benefited immediately with him assisting me,” Wells said. “Hopefully we can both stay fit and find form together to end strong.
“We have not really played many minutes together, but I do believe we can build a strong partnership from now to end of season.”
Mark Robins, the Huddersfield manager, said: “Hopefully James will play alongside Nahki for the rest of the season. If they can strike up the partnership I think they can, we will be fine.”
Wells's goal against Blackburn was his third for Huddersfield and first since scoring in a 2-1 away defeat to Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on January 18. The former Dandy Town man had gone 15 hours without scoring and his relief was palpable.
“It was a massive relief to hit the back of the net,” Wells said. “Any striker that goes this long without a goal feels the pressure building on their shoulders, but I knew it would come.”
Scoring against Blackburn has boosted Wells's confidence and he is now keen to add a few more goals before the end of the season.
“Personally for me, scoring has boosted my confidence massively and I feel it is time to put a run of goals together from now until the end of season,” he said.
Jordan Rhodes, a former Huddersfield striker, scored a hat-trick for Blackburn, who condemned Town to a sixth home defeat this season.
“Losing took the sting completely out of the goal,” Wells said. “But that happens in football.”
As for Rhodes's treble, Wells added: “It does not surprise me one bit because he is an out-and-out goal scorer. He is probably the best goalscorer outside of the Premier League.”
Huddersfield take on Blackpool at Bloomfield Road in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday.