Wells scores for Huddersfield
Nahki Wells, the Huddersfield Town striker, scored his thirteenth goal of the season in the Sky Bet Championship side's 2-1 victory over promotion-chasing Ipswich Town at John Smith's Stadium yesterday.
The Bermuda captain gave the home side a dream start when he broke the deadlock in the twelfth minute after capitalising on some sloppy play.
Wells intercepted an errant pass by Zeki Fryers, the Ipswich full back, dribbled several yards and curled in a left-footed effort to give Huddersfield the lead.
Huddersfield doubled their advantage in the 31st minute when Wells's strike partner, James Vaughan, nodded in Jacob Butterfield's lofted pass at the back post.
Ipswich, who had two efforts cleared off the line, pulled a goal back in the 48th minute through from Luke Varney, the former Leeds United striker.
However, Huddersfield held on to secure a first win in eight Championship matches, with Wells notching his first goal since returning to Chris Powell's squad from the sternoclavicular-joint injury he sustained in a head-on collision with Adam Federici, the Reading goalkeeper, on February 24,
“It's nice to be back among the goals and winning ways,” Wells told The Royal Gazette. “That was my first club goal since I hurt my shoulder against Reading a month or so ago and that's important.
“I'm just delighted to have put in a good performance. As as team we put in a good performance against a side that's going gung ho for promotion.
“This gives us a lot of confidence and a bit of momentum going into the Nottingham Forest game on Saturday. We've always done well against the big clubs, and hopefully we can keep that going.”
Wells and Vaughan were both substituted in the dying minutes of the match but by then the damage had already been done.
Powell, the Huddersfield manager, was full of praise for the strike pair.
“The first-half performance was as good as we have been all season; it was outstanding,” Powell said.
“Nahki and Vaughany terrorised them, but it was a great all-round performance with Reece James making his home debut and Oscar [Gobern] coming in. We had a good balance.”
Powell added: “It wouldn't be us without a little scare and that put us through it once again.
“We had to dig in during the second-half, but we did it well as they never really had a shot.
“We did very well against a side that is gunning for promotion.”