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Wells feeling ‘at home’

Approaching two weeks since his transfer deadline day move, Nahki Wells says he is enjoying life at his new club and with his new teammates.

The striker has appeared in both games since the switch, each time off the bench as he is bedded into the squad.

The last was his Ashton Gate bow and though the result did not go as planned against Birmingham City, Wells believes the team will dust themselves down and be ready to fight for three points again against Derby County on Wednesday.

“Yeah I’m extremely excited. I’m looking forward to it,’ Well said, speaking of the Rams’ visit to BS3 on Wednesday night (February 12th, 7.45pm KO).

“It’s another home game, it’s important for the club, a quick turnaround after our defeat on Friday and hopefully we can bounce back to winning ways in front of our own fans.”

He continued: “It was great to make my debut at home and I did feel really welcomed. Of course, I’ve always been supported well since the minute I joined and to come on at home in front of a big crowd and a big atmosphere, it felt great.”

Wells on his debut v QPR

And Wells, who joined City from Burnley after a long-term loan spell at QPR, says he now feels settled into his new surroundings.

“I do feel at home, I do,” he said. “I do feel part of the squad obviously, it’s been a very quick turnaround with back to back games in a short space of time but to have been involved in two fixtures, you get to know people quite well quite quickly. I’ve had to take on a lot of new instructions and information from the coaching staff, new manager and try to watch and soak up to try and implement it so I like to think I’ve settled in quite quickly and that’s good.”

Derby arrive for the midweek Sky Bet Championship fixture off the back of a 3-2 win over Swansea; their third win in a row in all competitions though it was only their second away win of the season. Despite the Robins being victorious at Pride Park back in August, Derby’s home form has helped keep them around midtable but Phillip Cocu’s side will demand high expectations, having finished in the play-offs four times in the last five seasons.

But Wells believe home advantage under the Ashton Gate lights could be the difference on the night.

Wells said: “They are in great form, I think three wins on the spin for them. They are a good side, experienced, obviously hard not to believe Wayne Rooney’s impact in recent times so he’s been amongst the goals.

"They have some good players, obviously a very good club at this level and we expect a tough task from a team that’s very confident but equally we’re in just as good form or better. “We’re at home and the onus is on us to get the three points and right the wrongs from Friday.”