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Wells gets off the mark against Stoke

Nahki Wells said he was delighted to open his scoring account for the new season after netting in Bristol City's 2-0 win away to Stoke City in the Sky Bet Championship today.

The Bermuda forward put his side ahead in first-half stoppage time, hooking in Chris Martin's headed pull back.

Andreas Weimann added a second for Bristol City in the 89th minute. The visiting side made three substitutions late in the second half with Wells coming off in the 82nd minute for Famara Diédhiou.

“It was important for us to come away with the three points,” Wells told the Bristol City website.

“It was a hard-fought match and I'm just delighted to leave with the three points and get my season up and running from a goals perspective.”

Wells also praised his new strike partner Chris Martin for the role he played in creating the opener. Martin joined City from Championship rivals Derby County on a two-year deal earlier this month.

“He did fantastic to keep the ball in play and I showed some instinctiveness to sniff something out,” Wells said.

“I was happy to put it in the top corner as it was a quite difficult finish. He did all of the hard work to get a head on it with three bodies around him and I did the rest.”

Wells added: “Stoke are a good team and they make it difficult for you. If you crumble a bit they will take advantage.”

City are second in the Championship with maximum points from two games, having beaten Coventry 2-1 at home in their opening game of the campaign.

Wells's side take on Premier League team Aston Villa in the third round of the EFL Cup on Thursday before facing Sheffield Wednesday at home in the league next Sunday.

“It's all about momentum,” Wells said. “Everyone has played their part in the wins and that's four from four and we want to go into the Aston Villa game confident.

“I'm sure there will be changes, fresh legs, but we will all be ready and relishing an opportunity against a huge Premier League side.

“Momentum is key and it's important for us to try and progress in that competition.”

Dean Holden, the Bristol City head coach, said: “You can't come to a place like this and not scrap, and we scrapped when we needed to.

“It's a balance in every performance and in the first 15 minutes I thought some of our play was outstanding, we cut Stoke open and created two great chances.”

Smart finish: Nahki Wells scores his first goal of the season in Bristol City's 2-0 win away to Stoke City in the Sky Bet Championship yesterday (Photograph courtesy of Bristol City)

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Published September 20, 2020 at 3:43 pm (Updated September 20, 2020 at 4:06 pm)

Wells gets off the mark against Stoke

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