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Watch: Nahki Wells scores late penalty to save point for Bristol City

Nahki Wells celebrates his late penalty against Huddersfield (photograph by Bristol City FC)

Nahki Wells completed a great week for Bristol City by scoring what is probably the latest goal of his career on Saturday.

After scoring twice in midweek, including netting his 100th Championship goal, in a 5-0 demolition of Blackburn Rovers, Wells came on a substitute in the 66th minute before scoring from the spot in the 101st minute to rescue a point for his side at home to Huddersfield Town.

Relegation-threatened Huddersfield thought they had grabbed a crucial three points in their fight for survival when Josh Koroma found the net in the 81st minute but Wells broke the hearts of the travelling Yorkshire fans when keeping his nerve to send goalkeeper Lee Nicholls the wrong way deep into added time.

The point for Bristol City keeps them in twelfth position in the Sky Bet Championship on 49 points, while Huddersfield are inside the relegation zone in 22nd, a point from safety.

Wells was pleased to pick up a point but diappointed with the overall performance of the side.

“I’m delighted to be leaving with a point but probably a bit disappointed and underwhelmed with how we performed,” Wells said on the Bristol City website.

“We know that we were far from our best but we have to give credit to Huddersfield as they were really good. They were organised and caused us more problems than we thought.

“We probably weren’t at it in terms of our usual standard and didn’t work them enough but in games sometimes this happens, so we take the positives and move on to the next.”

The home side played much better in the second half than they dis before the interval

“It was a much better second half,” Wells said

“We started brightly and the attacking players were more involved from the start and we caused them problems by playing more in their half. It looked more likely that we would be the side to go on and get the goal, but they did, so we just had to dig in and we were fortunate enough to get the opportunity for me to step up in an important moment and score.”

In a high-pressure moment, Wells kept his cool.

“I’ve taken penalties, I’m really confident and I’ve been scoring,” Wells said.

“We seem to have been getting penalties more regularly now but I’m just going through the same process whether it’s the first minute, we’re winning 5-0 or we’re losing and it’s an important moment in the 100th minute.

“But I’ll always back myself, stay confident and go through the process. Sometimes it doesn’t come off but you have to be willing to take them in those moments to get the rewards.”

After a hectic week, the Bermudian striker was also happy to reflect on his 100 Championship goals.

“I’m hungry for the goals to continue,” Wells said.

It’s been a good April for me and the team and long may it continue. Us strikers, we’re hungry, we’re greedy and we always want more, and that will never change.

“I’m happy to score another one, happy it was an important goal and to keep the run going. That’s the most important thing.”

Bristol City are now unbeaten in five matches and next face a tough game against play-off chasing Norwich City as the season draws to a close.

“We’ll get a little bit of rest now, which we deserve,” Wells said.

“We’ve had a relentless schedule, so a bit of rest and then back into training. That’s a tough fixture as Norwich are one of the in-form sides of the division and it’s a tough place to go, but we go there full of confidence and looking to get more points.”

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Published April 13, 2024 at 1:43 pm (Updated April 14, 2024 at 4:01 pm)

Watch: Nahki Wells scores late penalty to save point for Bristol City

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