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Wells banks on Wembley experience

Nahki Wells believes his Wembley experience could be a factor when Huddersfield Town face Reading in the Sky Bet Championship play-off final on Monday.

Wells will make his third appearance at the iconic stadium having been there twice with Bradford City in a memorable 2012-2013 season.

He played a pivotal role in Bradford's famous run to the League Cup final, losing 5-0 to Swansea City, before scoring in a 3-0 win over Northampton Town in the League Two play-off final.

The striker is one of three Huddersfield players, along with Dean Whitehead and Mark Hudson, to have played at Wembley and feels their extra knowhow could prove beneficial to the club's younger players.

“Not just myself, but we do have some other experienced players in Hudson and Dean Whitehead who have been there,” Wells told HTTV.

“I've been there twice so I'll try to bounce off any experience which I have and try to show the foreign players and local young players the importance of this and what it's like, the media surrounding it and the severity of the game to really understand what we're going to.

“But like I said, we're a really good humble group and we understand this isn't just a fun day out — it's the game of our lives.

“So we will do everything in our power to prepare right and go there and be victorious on the day.”

Wells and his Huddersfield team-mates jetted off to Portugal this week after the 4-3 penalty shoot-out win over Sheffield Wednesday in the semi-final to focus on preparing for Reading.

But despite being more than 1,000 miles away from West Yorkshire, the Bermudian said the squad know just how important this match will be to all the people in Huddersfield.

“I think it was a great idea to get away as a group and continue our work process but also to spend time with important ones and family and try to keep that bond as strong as we can going into the biggest game of our lives,” he said.

“It's a great idea to get away from the press and the hype back in England.

“We all want to stay grounded and focused and together and that has been the good thing about this trip.”

He added: “We understand that this could be life-changing for thousands of people from our footballing careers to our families and friends and people within the town of Huddersfield.

“It's massive. We understand how huge it is and how big it can be in a positive way if we go on to win. And that's what we're looking to do.”

Wells was one of the heroes from Huddersfield semi-final second leg at Hillsborough, pressuring Tom Lees into diverting the ball into his own net after Steven Fletcher had put the home side in front.

He does not believe Town could have won the match in a better manner.

“They were typical games against Sheffield Wednesday,” he said. “It's one of them where you know you're not going to win comfortably and you're not going to get beat comfortably but every second is a difficult second in the match.

“Credit to them, they made it really tough for us but to come from behind in that manner was fantastic and we knew once we got back in the match that there was only going to be one winner.

“I thought we might have pinched it because our fitness levels were higher than theirs but we went the toughest way and I think emotionally that's the best way you can possibly win a semi-final.”

Wells will be making his third Wembley apperance on Monday

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Published May 25, 2017 at 9:00 am (Updated May 24, 2017 at 11:11 pm)

Wells banks on Wembley experience

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