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Wells aims to build on momentum

There is an adage that states, the famine always makes way for the feast, and for in-form Nahki Wells that is certainly the case.

After the drought of failing to find the back of the net in his first nine games for Queens Park Rangers, after his summer loan move from Premier League outfit Burnley, a deluge of goals have followed in for the Bermuda striker.

He scored a vital winner on Saturday, as his man-of-the-match performance helped steer QPR to a welcome 2-1 victory over Middlesborough in the Sky Bet Championship at Loftus Road, securing a first win in five for the West London outfit.

The Bermuda striker's match winner against Middlesborough was his fifth in his past nine appearances.

His latest goal followed his midweek strike against Leeds United, and is the first time he has scored in back-to-back matches in two years since achieving the feat for Huddersfield Town.

And while the former Dandy Town frontman conceded to having to rethink his approach to matches, he never doubted his ability to find the back of the net again.

“I had to rationalise what I was doing,” Wells said to the QPR website regarding the lack of goals in his early days since his summer loan move.

“I felt my performances were very good, but I needed to do more to score goals.

“I said they would come and as a striker you sometimes get patches where you don't score, and patches where you do score, and I'm back scoring.

“I have always said that if I can't score I will do my best to try and put in a performance, try and get an assist or play a big role for the team.

“I would say that in 80 or 90 per cent of my games here I have come off the pitch quite happy and quite proud of what I have done.”

Having rediscovered his goalscoring touch, Wells is hoping to build on that momentum and help Steve McClaren's outfit recreate a previous run of form in which they lost just one match during October and November.

“If I can keep this ratio of a goal every other game until the end of the season, I think it will give us a good chance of getting to where we would like to be,” Wells added.

“We slipped up with the last few results but we got the win on Saturday and that gives us something to try and build on to see if we can go another seven, eight, nine or ten games unbeaten like we did before. We know we are capable of it.”

Following Saturday's match, former England manager McClaren highlighted Wells's impact on the side since his arrival in August.

“It took him a little to settle but he's now the Nahki Wells everyone knows,” McClaren said of the frontman, who was also unlucky not to double the lead before half-time when he superbly wriggled away from Daniel Ayala before shooting narrowly wide.

“He runs and runs and is scoring goals. He gives us a platform when we release the ball forward and I was delighted with his performance.”

Photograph by Queens Park Rangers Rich vein of form: Nahki Wells celebrates scoring with team-mate Pawel Wszolek in Queens Park Rangers 2-1 win at home to Middlesbrough in the Sky Bet Championship at the weekend. Wells, on a season-long loan from Premier League side Burnley, has netted five times this season

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Published December 18, 2018 at 8:00 am (Updated December 18, 2018 at 11:12 am)

Wells aims to build on momentum

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