Nahki Wells rescues point for Bristol City with late penalty
Nahki Wells came off the bench late and converted a stoppage-time penalty to earn Bristol City a hard fought 1-1 draw at Sunderland in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday.
Sunderland appeared to have done enough to secure the points heading into added time at the Stadium of Light before City were thrown a lifeline when substitute Jay Dasilva was brought down in the area.
With the visitor’s ten-game unbeaten streak on the line in manager Nigel Pearson’s 100th game in charge, Bermuda captain Wells calmly converted the first penalty awarded to his team in 15 months to rescue a precious point.
Reflecting on the match, City manager Pearson hailed Wells’s contribution and his team’s positive display in hostile territory.
“We deserved a point at least. I know their goal was a super strike but it would have been a travesty for us not to get anything out of the game,” Pearson said on City’s official website. “I think we were the better side for long spells of the game but both sides had chances to win.
“I said to the players at half-time about keeping our composure and not allowing setbacks during the game to disappoint us too much because we know we have fight within the group. We know whoever is on the pitch is going to go out there and give everything.
“I think it’s fitting that we actually got something out of the game with a penalty – 469 days later – and well done to Nahki for having the composure to dispatch it.”
Also impressing on Saturday was Wells’s Bermuda team-mate Dale Eve, who kept a clean sheet in Hanley Town’s goalless draw at home to high-flying Leek Town in the Northern Premier League Division One West.
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