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Nahki Wells double powers Bristol City to victory at Ewood Park

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Nahki Wells celebrates scoring against Blackburn Rovers as his Bristol City side continue their winning streak. Wells has netted three goals in his past two league outings (Photograph courtesy of Bristol City FC)

Nahki Wells netted twice, including the winner, as Bristol City secured three points on the road against Blackburn Rovers in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday.

The Bermuda captain converted twice in the second half to earn man-of-the-match plaudits as the Robins temporarily moved into third place before the Sunday kick-offs.

Reading’s 2-1 win over Stoke City 24 hours later dropped Nigel Pearson’s men to fourth.

The in-form Wells has netted three goals in his past two outings, having also got on the scoresheet in City’s 2-0 win over former club Huddersfield Town three days earlier.

“We’re really pleased. Today was a big test to come away to a side who were in front of us in the table,” Wells told the official Bristol City website.

“In my opinion, we were definitely the better side. At any point and any given time of the game, we have so many threats going forward. Anyone could score at any time and I think today that showed.

“Andi [Andreas Weimann] could have easily had two but got two great assists, and then myself and Tommy [Conway] have come up with the goals. It was a brilliant effort from the lads and it’s always good as a striker to get the goals you deserve.”

Striker Conway capped a swift counter-attack with a diving header to open the scoring at Ewood Park in the 42nd minute.

Wells then doubled City’s advantage in the 55th minute after firing Weimann’s through-ball past Blackburn goalkeeper Thomas Kaminski at the near post.

Blackburn pulled one back through Tyrhys Dolan’s 71st-minute tally.

Nahki Wells is congratulated by his team-mates after scoring for Bristol Cty against fellow promotion hopefuls Blackburn Rovers (Photograph courtesy of Bristol City FC)

However, Wells restored City’s two-goal cushion two minutes later when he followed up on Kal Naismith’s header from a free kick that hit a post.

Kaminski appeared to have kept the ball out but Hawk-Eye later confirmed that it crossed the line for Wells’s fourth goal of the season.

“Sometimes you just get that luck when things are going your way, being in the right place at the right time,” added Wells, who was substituted in the 87th minute.

“At the time I didn’t think it was over the line; I just thought good save from the goalkeeper. But to hear it being given is always a good feeling.

“It gives us that cushion that today was probably the difference.”

Ben Brereton Diaz scored in second-half stoppage time, but City held on to secure their first away league win of the season, much to the delight of their travelling supporters.

Nahki Wells has netted three goals in his past two outings for Bristol City (Photograph courtesy of Bristol City)

“You have to give credit to the away support,” Wells said. “They have been magnificent all season long.

“Four, five-hour journey for them. Hard-earned money to come and support, and at times that’s the difference.

“We are trying to make home our fortress. But to be coming away, have their support and being able to celebrate in front of our fans is a really nice feeling.”

City’s fourth win in their past five matches has them three points behind leaders Sheffield United, who beat Hull City 2-0 away on Sunday, and two adrift of Norwich City.

Reading, who spent most of last season in the throes of a relegation battle after a points deduction, are third.

In non-League action, Kole Hall produced a man-of-the-match display to help Chester come from behind to salvage a 3-3 draw at home to King’s Lynn Town in Vanarama National League North.

The Bermuda forward provided two assists as the home side came from three goals down to earn a point at Deva Stadium.

“What a way to turn it around in the second half, we’ll never give up,” the 23-year-old posted on his Twitter account.

“Happy to contribute with two assist and get MOTM. Your support is always appreciated.”

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Published September 06, 2022 at 7:59 am (Updated September 06, 2022 at 7:59 am)

Nahki Wells double powers Bristol City to victory at Ewood Park

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