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Nahki Wells scores but left frustrated after Bristol City loss

Nahki Wells celebrates his goal against Stoke City at the weekend (Photograph courtesy of Bristol City)

Nahki Wells notched his eighth goal of the season for Bristol City on Saturday but was unable to prevent his side from losing 2-1 at home to Stoke City in the Sky Bet Championship.

The Bermuda captain gave Bristol City the perfect start when he bundled left-back Cameron Pring’s cross over the line from close range in the 33rd minute to open the scoring at Ashton Gate, but the visitors hit back in first- half stoppage time when striker Liam Delap capitalised on a defensive mix-up to fire a low shot past goalkeeper Max O'Leary from 10 yards to leave the teams deadlocked at the interval.

Stoke then picked up where they left off when play resumed with striker Jacob Brown grabbing the winner in the 57th minute to complete his team’s fightback.

Reflecting upon the match, Wells felt he and his fellow team-mates were the orchestrators of their own demise and deserved to have come away with at least a share of the spoils.

“We really feel deflated after that, of course,” he said on City’s website. “Knowing that we had a really good end to the first half but to kind of switch off for one minute prior to half time and let them back in the game. This is probably what’s ultimately killed us so we are very disappointed.

“We know we were a better side and we just should be leaving with at least a point.”

As for getting his name on the scoresheet, Wells added: “To be honest I didn’t know too much about it.

“Cam [Pring] has done really well. He’s got down the byline and I just wanted to make a run in between where a striker needs to be and it’s just hit me and gone in.

“Once he crossed it I had a chance and just hung but before you know it hit me and was in.

“At times I tend to pull out for the cutback and the ball flashes across there, but to get there and for it to come through is an awesome feeling because that’s where strikers need to be to score goals and thankfully I was there to get it.”

The defeat was the tenth of the season for City who are now 18th in the division and just three points above the relegation zone.

Wells said he and his team-mates must become more consistent if they are to change their fortunes around and climb up the table.

“We have this up, down momentum which is why we have found ourselves in the position we’re in,” he said.

“I think at times our performances are getting us our results. I don’t really recall us nicking one that we didn’t deserve. It’s always we should have won and we didn’t get it, so it’s something us as individuals are doing wrong.

“Small errors are getting punished. At times when we play well we don’t really get anything; we may not play great but be resilient and pinch a win so we have to find that consistency.

“It is about winning. It isn’t always about performances but what we want to do is get the performance and the result right and at the moment we are finding that a little bit difficult.

“It’s not necessarily a defender or a goalkeeper whose errors are costing us, it’s us a group.

“We lost the ball up here; I feel as if I could have done better with the ball coming and it was just a collection of errors all the way until they scored. Sometimes those things happen when things are not always going your way.”

Despite the defeat, Wells believes his team have shown improvements on the pitch.

“The break did us justice. We’ve spent a lot of time together and I think we felt that coming into today and you probably saw that until they scored, even all the way up to the end,” he said. “It’s just disappointing to probably not get what we deserved in my opinion.

”If you look at their goals you would really feel they were very avoidable. To only score one is a bit disappointing because I feel we’re better than them and we just didn’t do enough to get the equaliser. We troubled them a lot but did not do enough to score and that what’s frustrating.”

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Published December 19, 2022 at 2:08 pm (Updated December 19, 2022 at 2:08 pm)

Nahki Wells scores but left frustrated after Bristol City loss

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