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NAHKI: IT’S AN EXCITING TIME FOR US

10 March 2017

Bermudian hoping to get the nod to face the Bees

- Nahki Wells previews Town's game at Brentford
- Striker praises Collin Quaner's contribution
- Bermudian explains successful dynamic of the coaching team

Nahki Wells admits that every Huddersfield Town player is champing at the bit to get the nod to face Brentford at Griffin Park on Saturday.

The Bermudian striker made a tangible impact when he came onto the field of play against Aston Villa in midweek, with his energy helping the side record an important 1-0 win.

“Tuesday’s win was massive on the back of a defeat against the top boys. It was important we bounced back in the right manner, which the Head Coach emphasized. You’re going to have defeats, so what is important is how you bounce back; those are the real statements,” Nahki told htafc.com.

“Villa was in good form before we beat them and they could have always been a banana skin. They came and made it difficult for us and we may have been a bit lucky in the grand scheme of things, but at home we always fancy ourselves to score and we defended well to get the win.”

Wells started the game as a substitute as fellow forward Collin Quaner got the starting berth and the 26 year-old was full of praise for his strike colleague.

“It’s going to take time, but he’s come in and done well when playing his fair share of minutes so far. Hopefully he can get a bit of luck in front of goal, but that comes with perseverance, determination and sticking at it. I’m sure he understands that and he’ll stay focused on taking the opportunities when they come.

“I would think that football fans, who understand the game, can see what his contributions have been, like they can see mine. We are out there to score goals, but we have a lot more to do for the team in terms of defending from the front. The expectation that David (Wagner) has from us isn’t just goals; it’s a team effort. The goals can come from anyone.

“I want to play every minute, but I understand that won’t happen. I try and use any energy I have to make an impact when I come on, like I feel I did in a difficult game against Aston Villa. If selected on the weekend, I know I have to go out and do the business.”

Town’s reigning Player of the Year was speaking after Head Coach David Wagner received the February 2017 Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month accolade and explained how the dynamic works between the coaching staff.

“The staff has a fine balance of understanding who needs to do what. Christoph (Bühler) puts in a lot of hours off the pitch tactically, while Andy Hughes puts in the time on the pitch with set pieces and other sessions.

“The Head Coach oversees everything. Tactically – together with his staff – he’s a genius. He sets us out to beat any opposition; he has a will to win. He’s a good man manager too. It’s a great balance to help us get every point. Everyone plays their part.”

The next challenge for players and staff alike comes on Saturday with a difficult trip to Brentford; a game Nahki explained every player was keen to feature in.

“History says there will be goals and I wouldn’t expect anything different.

“Hopefully we can go there and nullify their strengths, stopping them from playing creative, attacking football while trying to play our game.

“It’s a game that all of our players will want to be involved in. It’s an exciting game and I hope we can come out on the winning side.”

The clash against the Bees is one of just 11 games left in the regular league season and Wells is excited for the run-in – but isn’t looking too far ahead.

“We’re focused on ourselves. You keep an eye out on the other results, but the main emphasis must be on winning our games regardless of who is in front of us.

“Every game at this level is difficult. We haven’t been able to wipe a team away like we’d want to all season, but winning 1-0 isn’t bad! Hopefully that can continue this weekend.

“I’m so excited about the next few months. I’m not focused on anything past that; it would only be a distraction. I want to finish this season to the best of my ability and help to bring the team the success that we all want.”

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