Nahki Wells Scores In Huddersfield Town Draw

January 9, 2016

Nahki Wells’ stoppage-time penalty earned Huddersfield Town a 2-2 draw in the FA Cup third round against Reading at the John Smith’s Stadium today [Jan 9].

The club’s match report said, “David Wagner’s first taste of Emirates FA Cup action ended in a pulsating 2-2 stalemate with Reading in front of 9,236 at the John Smith’s Stadium.

“Ahead of kick-off, Joe Murphy came in for Jed Steer due to his ineligibility after his return on loan from Aston Villa, whereas Jason Davidson slotted in at left-back to replace Ben Chilwell, who returned to Leicester City earlier in the week.

Wells was featured in today’s game programme, photo courtesy of the Examiner:

nahki wells huddersfield programme jan 2016

“Jamie Paterson played in a central midfield role alongside Jonathan Hogg due to a bout of illness for Emyr Huws, with a front four of Joe Lolley, Harry Bunn, Sean Scannell and Nahki Wells.

“Town’s intent to play on the deck was evident in the early stages, as Bunn again pulled the strings by feeding through Nahki Wells – who was making his 200th appearance in England – but his cross evaded everyone in the box and rolled out for a dead ball.

“Town continued to turn the screw but couldn’t break the deadlock; Nahki Wells was next to bombard the Reading goal, but, after some slick passing on the edge of the box, the Bermudian’s effort was well held down low by the busy Al-Habsi.

“It took 17 minutes of the second half for the HTAFC faithful to witness the first goal. Jason Davidson again came to the fore, assisting Jamie Paterson with a peach of a cross from his favoured left hand side. Paterson duly converted the cross, nodding coolly past the so-far resilient Al-Habsi to put Town in the driving seat.

“Things were on the up for David Wagner’s outfit, but all that positivity came to an abrupt halt within the space of 10 minutes.

“Nahki Wells’ strong penalty claim was waved away, also earning him a yellow card after was adjudged to have dived under the challenge of the on-rushing Reading goalkeeper after Lolley had played him in on goal.

“Not only did the chance of doubling the lead slip away, it then slipped totally out Town’s grasp. The home fans thought they should have had another free kick on the edge of the Reading box after a foul, but instead Reading broke down the Town right and Vydra’s effort diverted off Mark Hudson and over Murphy to completely change the outlook of this intriguing Emirates FA Cup tie.

“The Terriers didn’t allow that to hinder their quest to advance to the next round; Nahki Wells had a header tipped over the bar, before the same player then blasted wide after good tenacious tackling from Joe Lolley.

“The Royals persistence did eventually pay off as Robson-Kanu then put the Royals a goal to the good after an unselfish pull back from Lucas Piazon.

“However, the game was to end level after Nahki Wells smashed home a penalty after Harry Bunn was brought down by Anton Ferdinand; ensuring a replay in Berkshire a week on Tuesday.”

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  1. He just keeps on scoring… Time for you to move away Nikhi… Aston Villa if they stay premier.

    • Walk in their shoes says:

      As a Villa supporter I’d love that scenario, that said, Villa and Huddersfield will be playing in the same division next season. But maybe there are other Premiership teams with an eye on him.

  2. Well done, Nahki!! Bermudian-born Wells!!

  3. Big man says:

    Well done dude!