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31 January 2014

Striker looking forward to derby

Town fans will be pleased to know that Club record signing Nahki Wells believes the big occasions bring the best out of him.

Speaking ahead of the West Yorkshire derby, the striker admitted that his experiences with Bradford in the Capital One Cup proved that he could handle the pressure that comes with playing in the big matches.

The striker told “When I played in big, important games for Bradford I did well, which was good because I wasn’t sure how well I would handle the occasion.

“I played against Arsenal, Aston Villa and at Wembley last season and felt like I handled the occasions well. Tomorrow’s game is a big one for Huddersfield Town, but I have played in bigger and I feel that I am capable of rising to it.

“The big matches bring the best out of me.”

Wells will also be able to draw on his experiences in derby matches; he netted a brace against Sheffield United this season for the Bantams.

“I understand the rivalry; pride is at stake,” he said. This division has a lot of teams within close proximity of one another, which makes for good games. The games are tough and normally tight affairs, but they are matches that you enjoy.

“One of my first professional fixtures at Bradford was at Elland Road. I didn’t come off the bench, but the atmosphere in the ground was fantastic. 

“The players understand the importance of the game and what it means to the fans, but at the end of the day there are still only three points to be won. We would overtake Leeds if we won and bring an end to our bit of poor form.”

The Bermudian has scored two goals in three games for the Terriers since his move and has enjoyed working with fellow striker Mark Robins.

“I have been delighted with the way things have gone,” he said. “The lads welcomed me and my debut couldn’t have gone any better, scoring the winner.

“The Manager believes in me and I want to repay him. I still need to get up to the tempo of this league, but I believe I can. I will continue to improve with every game that I play.

“The Manager is very ambitious and is always pushing us; we are a young team that plays good football. It was his ambition and the football the team played that attracted me here.

“Within the two weeks of signing I have learned so much from the Manager. We talk a lot and he understands my game and I like to think that there are quite a lot of similarities between our styles of play.”

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