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‘Time to be leaders’ – Wells

Nahki Wells says there is a “natural responsibility” for the players to stand tall as leaders and finish the season as strongly as possible.

The striker addressed City’s form of late and the attitude of the players as they look to regroup for the visit of Nottingham Forest to Ashton Gate on Saturday (April 10th, 3pm KO).

He said manager Nigel Pearson has called for more but there is a collective energy to find a positive finish with just six matches remaining.

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“The Gaffer can only demand more considering we’ve shown him what we’re capable of, but the last few performance have been well below par,” Wells told Robins TV.

“We can’t point fingers at anyone except for ourselves…but we have to knuckle back down and put the work in. So far this week has been really good, it’s been tough and demanding but ultimately we’ve really pulled ourselves together and that’s the approach heading into the weekend.”

This weekend sees City and Forest clash side by side in the table, with the Robins in 14th and their opponents sitting 15th and only a point to separate them.

Wells was asked about the mentality of the squad at this point in time with no silverware to play for, but he insists there is still plenty to play for.

He said: “That can definitely creep in. The manager hasn’t sheltered from the fact he doesn’t want that to happen. The demand is very important that we try to finish this season as strongly as we can. We all have different motives, we have different predicaments but, speaking for myself, I want to prove my worth to the club, to finish as strong as I can with the hope of being a catalyst for next season. I think the other players should have the same mentality, but everyone is in different predicaments.

“At this moment in time the emphasis this week has been about coming together to help everyone succeed in the long run, be as professional as we can be and that helps everyone of course.”

He added: “It doesn’t feel like a pressure but a natural responsibility as you become a more experienced, senior player. We have a mixed, young and experienced group so, take me for example, it’s important how we represent ourselves to the young players and carry the club in the right way. More importantly, we have to be leaders through to the end of the season and try to finish as strongly as we possibly can.”

And looking to Saturday, Wells has belief City can turn their fortunes around with a positive result over Forest. Much has changed since the teams met earlier in the campaign when City won 2-1 at the City Ground but Wells, now City’s joint top goalscorer for the season, has called on his teammates to “dig deep”.

“It will be a completely different fixture, we played them early in the season for a fourth win in a row,” he said. “We were in a very good place, they were without any points and the manager got sacked after so it’s been a complete swing of momentum. They’ve started picking up points with an experienced manager, they have one of the best squads at this level so we’re up against it but we know that to get something out of it, we have to be better than we have been of late.

“We are capable of it, we’ve shown under this manager that when we’re on it we can produce really good performances. We have to change a bit of the mental swing and dig deep to find a way.”

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