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Wells makes most of opportunity while Lambe and Clemons also find target

Nahki Wells slots home his third goal of the season to give Bristol City a 1-0 lead against West Bromwich at Ashton Gate on Saturday. (Photograph Bristol City).

Nahki Wells grasped his opportunity with both hands after coming off the bench to score in Bristol City’s 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday.

The Bermuda captain came on as a seventh-minute replacement for the injured Antoine Semenyo and slotted home his third goal of the season from Andi Weimann’s precision cross that opened the scoring at Ashton Gate 20 minutes later.

Karlan Grant equalised for the visitors from the penalty spot in the 68th minute after City goalkeeper Dan Bentley was judged to have connected unfairly with Kyle Bartley as he attempted to punch the ball away.

The hosts regained the lead when Weimann volleyed home after Rob Atkinson headed on Robbie Cundy’s free-kick five minutes from the end of regulation time.

However, they were ultimately forced to settle for a share of the spoils as Adam Reach grabbed a stoppage-time equaliser for play-off chasing West Bromwich.

Wells, whose opportunities have been limited this season, expressed mixed feelings after all was said and done on the pitch.

While he was delighted to be back among the goals, he was frustrated not to see his team come away with all the points.

“Frustration is the word that sums up today's feeling,” the striker commented on the club’s website. “After taking the lead twice in the game, especially when Andi (Weimann) what we felt like would've been the winner, then concede in that manner is frustrating. It's been a little bit of a story of our season; something that we have to continue to work hard at trying to avoid.”

He added: “Obviously they are a good side; a lot of experience and some good players. Could have been more quality, but we take a point and just have to accept that we have to cut out those mistakes.”

“I think we looked solid. We defended at times more than we had to, in my opinion, if we had tried to make an extra pass to get up the pitch. But we had to deal with what they had.

“We didn’t feel too under threat. Obviously getting a penalty kind of out of nothing gives them a lifeline and then we score on the back of nothing as well.

“Andi scored a great goal and then we think let’s just get behind the ball, deal with the last 5-10 minutes of the game. And unfortunately (we were) a little bit amateurish letting them get out of the corner and going up the pitch and scoring what was mentioned to be a potential offside goal. But it’s a sucker punch and is something we have to keep working hard at.”

Wells was delighted to take advantage of his opportunity by getting on the score sheet to help ease the disappointment of what has otherwise been a trying season for him.

“It’s been a real frustrating season personally,” he said. “I’ve had to deal with adversity, I’ve had to deal with being a bit-part player this season and that happens in football.

“You do have to stay present and stay as focused as possible for moments like that. I don’t want to be called on and not taking those opportunities, and today I felt like I made a good impact.

“Of late I have been getting a few more minutes so I feel like I’ve been able to make an impact when I’ve come on.

“Delighted to get the goal of course. Just frustrated that it don’t get us the three points like you would always want. But something to hopefully build and we will see what happens in the future.”

Meanwhile, Wells’s Bermuda team-mates Reggie Lambe and Willie Clemons were also on target on Saturday to help Stowmarket Town salvage a hard-fought point in a 3-3 draw away to fellow promotion contenders Hashtag United at Len Salmon Stadium.

The hosts jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals from Tom Anderson and Kojo Apenteng before the visitors pulled one back through Harry Haysom’s own goal.

Harry Honesty restored Hashtag’s two-goal cushion in the 58th minute.

Clemons then made it 3-2 when he fired in compatriot Lambe’s high cross at the far post in the 73rd minute.

Lambe then went from provider to scorer when he thumped Manny Osei-Owusu’s threaded pass from outside the box into the top right-hand corner of the goal in the 90th minute to rescue a point for the visitors at the death.

The result leaves Stowmarket in third, level on points with second-placed Canvey Island and two adrift of leaders Aveley.

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Published March 21, 2022 at 7:53 am (Updated March 21, 2022 at 7:38 am)

Wells makes most of opportunity while Lambe and Clemons also find target

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