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Wells hails ‘ten out of ten’ Terriers

Making a statement: Wells hailed his Huddersfield team-mates after scoring his hundredth goal in English football

Nahki Wells said that Huddersfield Town’s thrilling victory over Sky Bet Championship leaders Brighton & Hove Albion on Thursday “was a bit of a statement” to the rest of the league.

“A fantastic performance, everyone was a ten out of ten,” Wells said. “We gave one hundred per cent and our efforts showed.

“This was a bit of a statement. We worked on a lot of tactics to nullify their strengths and I think we did that. We came out of the blocks and played like men.

“It was a really good team performance. Everyone chipped in and all eleven had a claim to be man of the match.”

The Bermuda striker notched his 100th goal in English football and 47th in 133 appearances for Huddersfield in the 3-1 win over Brighton at John Smith’s Stadium. He joins Shaun Goater as the second Bermudian to score 100 goals in English football.

Wells reached the milestone with a right-footed shot from the centre of the box into the top left corner for his eighth goal of the season.

“They haven’t been dropping to me like I would like,” Wells said. “But one dropped to me in the box and I just had to focus and hit the target and luckily it flew in the top of the net and so I’m delighted.

“I really laced it into the top of the net, and I will always enjoy taking credit for a goal.

“I was pleased to score, but the win was the major thing.”

The victory was Huddersfield’s seventh in their past nine matches, the same as Yorkshire rivals Leeds United, who they play at home tomorrow in another crucial league fixture against promotion contenders.

“It’s a big one against our local rivals,” Wells said. “And Leeds know they’ll be coming here for a game.”

Wells scored his first goal in English football with then League Two side Bradford City in a 4-2 league victory over Barnet in August 2011.

He scored 53 goals for Bradford, including one in the Yorkshire club’s 3-0 triumph over Northampton Town in the 2013 League Two play-off final at Wembley Stadium, making him the first Bermudian to score at the iconic stadium.

It was his second appearance at Wembley in three months having also played in the League Cup final where Bradford lost heavily against Premier League Swansea City.

Wells joined Huddersfield during the 2014 January transfer window and scored on his club and Championship debut in a 1-0 home win over Millwall after coming on as a substitute.