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Wells off the mark in City colours

Striker Nahki Wells scored his first City goal to help them on their way to a 3-2 victory over Derby County.

It was his first start for the Robins, his third appearance since January’s switch, and the Bermuda international was thrilled find the back of the net, adding to his 15 goals for the season from his time at QPR.

More importantly for the forward was the three points, as the Robins bounced back from Friday night’s defeat to Birmingham City, and secure a sixth win from their last eight Sky Bet Championship matches.

“It was an exciting home performance, a big win for us,” he said. “Of course, going 3-0 up it was nervy at the end but there were a lot of positives to take from today and I’m happy to get off the make and get the three points that we deserved.”

Wells got City up and running on Wednesday night, heading in the opener after Jay Dasilva’s cross.

He said: “As a striker we thrive off scoring goals. It’s important to get that goal-scoring feeling again, having made two substitute appearances but not having been involved too much, so to stay patient and I got myself in the right position.

“Thanks to Jay who put it back to me and I had to score. I don’t score too many headers as well, so it was one I will enjoy a lot.”

But Wells admitted there were nerves when the Rams struck twice to pull the scores back to 3-2 at Ashton Gate, though that was when the hosts showed determination to hold onto the points.

“It’s human nature to feel under it and nervous,” Wells said. “We could have killed the game off in the last five or ten minutes, we were a bit unlucky not to get a fourth. We dug deep and they (Derby) did well at times. That was at our own downfall, we let them on to us a bit too much but it’s a learning curve. They scored goals at bad times for us but to get the three points and dig deep shows our desire and regardless it’s a big win for us.”

It’s a big win days before the group travel to face promotion-chasing Leeds United at Elland Road, but tonight’s three points will give the Robins confidence.

Well continued: “It was important to bounce back because we knew it was a disappointing result against Birmingham. We didn’t do too much wrong but to lose 3-1 was disappointing. We got it right [tonight], we scored at important times, we took the lead and it gives us huge confidence going up to Elland Road on Saturday. It’s a very tough place to go, if not the toughest in the league, but we go there on the back of a very important win. They’re in a shaky form too so it could be a great time to play them.”

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