We were the better side, says Wells
Nahki Wells believes Huddersfield Town were worthy of more than a share of the spoils against Middlesbrough in the Sky Bet Championship at John Smith’s Stadium on Tuesday night.
Wells notched his second goal in three games, and fourth since joining Huddersfield for a club-record fee during the January transfer window, to earn the home side a 2-1 lead at the interval
However, any thoughts Wells and his team-mates might have had of a ninth home win of the season evaporated within minutes of the restart after Albert Adomah, the Middlesbrough winger, completed his brace to draw the teams level. Wells is adamant that his team deserved more from the match.
“I believe we were the better side and deserved more than a point out of the game,” Wells said. “In a tough period for us, we’ll have to take the point.”
Wells admitted that individual errors came back to haunt his team.
“It was a tough game against a decent side where individual errors have cost us,” he said. “The unfortunate thing is that when you are in a little bad run, mistakes always seem to get punished.”
He added: “We can’t dwell on that because we all make mistakes. We try and play football in the right manner, but sometimes mistakes will happen.
“Hopefully we will learn from them, keep trying to play like we can and subsequently climb the table. We’re working hard and we’ll move on.”
Wells, 23, said he felt he was adapting to his unfamilair role as a lone striker.
“I think I have done quite well up front on my own,” he said. “Jumping up to the Championship was a big step in my career, and being asked to play an individual role up there as a small lad is difficult.
“ But I think I’ve coped with it well. I’m still progressing as a player and I’m still learning the role.”
Wells brought the home crowd to their feet in the 34th minute after his stunning left foot effort from outside the area left Dimitrios Konstantopoulos, the Middlesbrough goalkeeper, with absolutely no chance.
“When I turned and shot, I knew it would test the goalkeeper as I had hit it quite well,” Wells said.
“When I saw it hit the post I half-expected to see it come rolling back out. But it went in the net, and I and happy to be back on the scoresheet.
“It was great to put us in front and I wish it could have meant three points for us, but it was only one. Hopefully this weekend I can get the goal that gets us three points and sets us off on a run.”
Wells was replaced by striker James Vaughan, who has been plagued by injury lately, in the 75th minute, much to the displeasure of the home supporters.
“I would like to think that the fans want me on the pitch as we are looking to win the game, but the manager [Mark Robins] is here to make these decisions,” he said. “That is football; I am not going to criticise the decision. Putting two men up there could have left us vulnerable.
“I’ve played a lot of minutes recently and I think Vaughany deserved to come on, whether it was for me or not.
“Of course I felt I could finish the match, but Vaughany can always be the difference for us — and he almost was.”