Parkin: Nahki’s go­ing nowhere

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Aaron Bower

NAHKI Wells’ dou­ble broke Brad­ford’s scor­ing record and de­feated York­shire ri­vals Sh­effield United but all the talk af­ter­wards was whether the striker would be stick­ing around to con­tinue rewrit­ing the his­tory books.

Wells be­came the first Ban­tam to score in eight con­sec­u­tive games when he scored in ei­ther half to blunt the Blades and lift Brad­ford into an early play-off place.

The 23-year-old has been in­stru­men­tal to the club’s re­cent suc­cess, scor­ing in their play-off fi­nal win and both legs of the semi-fi­nals, enough to alert other clubs to his tal­ent.

Peter­bor­ough saw a bid for the striker re­jected but with no fur­ther bids com­ing for the player as­sis­tant man­ager Steve Parkin claims there’s no chance they will be cash­ing in with the trans­fer win­dow about to close.

“As far as we’re con­cerned, Nahki Wells is not leav­ing Brad­ford City. Peo­ple have had over 12 months to come in and bid for him and they’ve not both­ered, so we’re not go­ing to sell him a week be­fore the dead­line,” Parkin said.

“He’s still got a long way to go, but I think he’s got the right at­ti­tude and hope­fully he can keep scor­ing goals for us. He’s got two good feet and his work ethic has got bet­ter and bet­ter.

“It was a hard fought con­test out there; it was a full-on football match. There was lots of skill and chal­lenges, and lots of brave de­fend­ing from our play­ers.To get the goal near the end to give us a lit­tle breather was fan­tas­tic.” The game’s first chance ac­tu­ally came the way of the vis­i­tors; from a rou­tine Brad­ford cor­ner the Blades broke with pace, and Jamie Mur­phy found him­self oneon-one with Brad­ford’s Jon McLaugh­lin in goal. The keeper was smart to re­act to Mur­phy’s placed ef­fort though, keep­ing the game score­less.

Wells was pre­sented with an op­por­tu­nity him­self in­side the open­ing fif­teen min­utes. Af­ter James Mered­ith su­perbly broke down the left flank, he cut the ball back for the Ber­mu­dian, but he was su­perbly de­nied by Ge­orge Long, who pro- duced an amaz­ing re­flex save to deny Wells. Brad­ford were ar­guably the bet­ter side of an en­thralling first-half, and their dom­i­nance was rewarded right on half-time. A su­perb flick-on from Garry Thomp­son put Wells in space once more, and this time he was too good for the Blades de­fence; weav­ing around Harry Maguire be­fore fir­ing a low shot past Long to put the Ban­tams 1-0 up.

Blades boss David Weir re­sponded at the break by bring­ing on Ryan Flynn, and his shot de­flected off Garry Thomp­son, forc­ing McLaugh­lin to make a scram­bled save. Fel­low sub Joe Iron­side was next to threaten the Brad­ford goal, and he re­ally should have done bet­ter when pre­sented with a glo­ri­ous chance six yards out could only bal­loon the ball over.

With United push­ing for an equaliser the game in­evitably be­came stretched and Brad­ford pounced with just three min­utes left to seal the vic­tory. Af­ter Long could only parry Raf­faele De Vita’s sting­ing ef­fort, Han­son headed down for Wells to fin­ish for his sec­ond to seal an­other home win for Brad­ford, leav­ing Weir lament­ing a lack of ruth­less­ness.

“Goals change games and get­ting your nose in front has a big ef­fect on the rest of the game; we didn’t man­age to do that though and Brad­ford made it dif­fi­cult for us,” Weir lamented.

“I thought we did quite well and we opened them up on a few oc­ca­sions, we got in some great po­si­tions but it’s just a mat­ter of fin­ish­ing them off.

“We’re dis­ap­pointed to lose ob­vi­ously; it was a re­ally tight game and there were chances at both ends, with plenty of end-to-end ac­tion, but ob­vi­ously Brad­ford man­aged to get the goal first. I felt the first goal would be cru­cial and so it proved with a lit­tle bit of qual­ity for them up top.”

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