Nahki Wells gets opportunity but Bristol City fall to Luton Town
Nahki Wells came on in the second half, but could not help Bristol City avoid a 2-1 loss on the road to Luton Town on Tuesday, in their Sky Bet Championship encounter, missing an effort in the dying minutes to level the contest.
Wells was brought on in the 76th minute of play, with City already trailing, after Andreas Weimann’s 56th-minute strike, was sandwiched by goals from Luton Town’s Tom Lockyer in the 42nd minute and Elijah Adebayo’s 68th-minute strike, which proved to be the winner.
It could have been a different outcome for the Bermuda captain and City, after Weimann, headed a pass across the face of goal and into the path of Wells, who could not finish into an almost empty net, from a tight angle in the second minute of second-half stoppage time.
Three minutes earlier, Wells went close when his first-time effort to the near post, went wide of the upright.
The result meant that City ended the round in sixteenth position, with Luton moving up to tenth.
Robins manager Nigel Pearson pointed to his team’s poor defending on set-pieces as a major contributing factor to their defeat.
“We can't defend set plays at the moment, we're relying on one, two or three players winning everything and if they can't, then we don't have a collective response, or we haven't been able to find the collective response we need and that's a frustration,” said Pearson.
"We've had it too often, we've not shown ways of being able to get results in tight games, when the least we should have got tonight was a point. It's a missed opportunity for us, it's happened too often this season and it remains a big frustration for us,“ he said.
City dominated the contest with 60 per cent possession and 12 shots, compared to Luton’s eight.
Kidderminster Harriers midfielder Keziah Martin helped his team to a 1-0 win over Kettering Town in their National League North contest at Latimer Park.
Amari Morgan-Smith scored the winner in the fourteenth minute for the fourth-placed Harriers.
Kidderminster will be hunting their third straight win on Saturday, when they host relegation candidates Gloucester City, who have not won in their past four attempts.
Milan Butterfield and his Alfreton Town team-mates suffered their second defeat on the trot, going down 3-2 away to Guiseley.
A double from Dominic Tear in the 33rd and 66th minutes, and a strike from Lebrun Mbeka in the 85th minute, did the damage for Guiseley, with Dayle Southwell (48th) and Bailey Hobson (77th) getting the goals for Alfreton.