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Nahki Wells believes Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Warburton's playing system can “bring the best” out of him.

The Bermudian striker has adapted well to the 3-5-2 formation his manager has settled upon which he feels works to his advantage.

“I think I've reiterated enough times before that I can play in a two, I can play in a one,” Wells told the QPR website. “I just think it's important to be in a creative team.

“To have the likes of Ilias [Chair] and Eberechi [Eze] and to use Jordan [Hugill] as a pivot makes the game a lot easier for me because I can kind of go long, come short, go down the sides, mix it up a bit and it's difficult for defenders to pick me up when I'm constantly on the move. So I feel like this formation, this set up, is really going to bring the best out of me and hopefully it's a lot more to look forward to.”

The 29-year-old hit the ground running on his return to QPR from Concacaf Nations League duty for Bermuda as he netted a brace to help guide them to a 3-2 win at home to Luton Town in the Sky Bet Championship at the weekend.

After Eze opened the scoring for QPR in the third minute, Wells netted his third and fourth goals of the campaign in the space of eight minutes midway through the first half.

The Burnley striker, who is on a season loan at QPR, opened his account with a left-footed shot in the 20th minute from the left side of the box which found the bottom far corner.

“I found myself in a space that I felt Toni [Leistner] can find me in,” Wells explained. “A great long ball over the top and it was just about staying onside.

“I was on a real acute angle, but I took a good touch with my chest and it's just about trying to hit the target.

“I'm right footed but when it falls on the left I feel very confident to try and make the keeper work and just put it in the bottom corner, so delighted.”

Wells added a second in the 28th minute, this time with a right-footed shot from the centre of the box finding the bottom left corner.

“I got the ball in half space and I immediately thought, ‘fine', hit him [Eze] and run off,” Wells added. “I got the ball to him. It wasn't cleanly, come off the defender got to him. I just ran into the space and I couldn't believe I was that free.

“But once I was able to see what was around me and I had time, I knew I can just put it in the bottom corner, so happy to get the second and really gives us a good cushion.”

Wells and his team-mates were coasting with a 3-0 advantage.

“It was probably our best spell this season,” Wells said. “For the best part of 30 minutes we played some fantastic football.

“We showed how confident we were on the ball and we are able to create five or six clear cut chances and felt comfortable being 3-0 up.”

The visitors eventually rallied and cut the deficit to one via goals from Harry Cornick and James Collins either side of the break to set up a grandstand finish.

“The doubt crept in and we didn't keep the ball moving one or two touches and a lot of sloppy errors,” said Wells, who was substituted in the 66th minute with the game in the balance.

“But we are still a young group. We'll continue to grow, continue to get better and I think we will continue to improve on our weaknesses.”

The home side ultimately held on to their one-goal lead to secure their third straight league victory and join three other teams on 13 points, three behind joint leaders Leeds and Swansea in the standings.

Utter delight: Nahki Wells wheels away in delight after scoring against Luton Town (Photograph courtesy of QPR)
Slotting home: Nahki Wells fires the ball in (Photograph courtesy of QPR)

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Published September 17, 2019 at 9:00 am (Updated September 17, 2019 at 12:37 am)

QPR system bringing best out of Wells

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