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Nakhi Wells: late penalty one of my greatest career moments

Nahki Wells scored deep into added time to rescue a point for Bristol City (File photograph courtesy of Bristol City FC)

Nahki Wells says converting Bristol City’s first penalty in 65 games under trying circumstances is among the greatest moments of his career.

The Bermuda captain came on as a late substitute and in added time buried a penalty he had rehearsed for months to salvage a hard fought 1-1 draw away to Sunderland in the Sky Bet Championship at the Stadium of Light last Saturday.

“To go to an away ground with the biggest crowd in the league in the last minute of the game and score a penalty is up there with one of the great moments of my career,” Wells told The Royal Gazette. “I am just very happy that I was able to take the moment and score.”

Sunderland, who are in the Championship play-off places, took the lead through Jack Clarke’s 59th minute strike but City were thrown a lifeline when substitute Jay Dasilva was brought down in the area and Wells held his nerve to tuck away the penalty into the bottom left corner.

“It was a very pressurised moment, which you kind of almost just get through. There is always natural nerves but extreme confidence,” Wells said.

“It was a big moment, one which I feel like I have been practising for months and months as I knew I would be next to take one and it’s been a season and a half.”

City’s penalty was the first awarded to the club since November 6, 2021, a drought spanning 469 days or 15 months.

“It’s wild that it’s been almost two years,” Wells said. “But nevertheless we got one in an important moment that we thoroughly deserved and I am grateful to have put it away.

“I’m happy to get over that duck and to execute the penalty is the most important thing. It takes me to double figures [ten] for another season in my career, which is a great achievement.

“It also keeps the unbeaten run going and allows us to keep building and looking upwards because Sunderland are a good side. A lot of teams go there and get turned over so to come out with a point, go eleven games unbeaten and with a great cup tie (FA Cup fifth round against Premier League side Manchester City) ahead things are looking great.

“We still have so much more to play for this season and we are just looking at the positives.”

City are fifteenth in the Championship standings, eight points adrift of the play-off positions.

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Published February 21, 2023 at 7:54 am (Updated February 21, 2023 at 7:54 am)

Nakhi Wells: late penalty one of my greatest career moments

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