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Bantams League One player of month Nahki Wells says team the real prize guys
Nahki Wells was today named Sky Bet League One player of the month and said: I’m taking this for the team.
The City striker took the division honours after an explosive start to the new campaign which saw him score in the first five games.
But the Bermudian, speaking exclusively to the Telegraph and Argus, insists the individual prize should be a combined effort.
He said: “Any award is a great honour. I’ve started well but I don’t want to take too many of the plaudits because without the team I wouldn’t be firing like I am.
“I want to thank the lads that have helped me win this – it’s a team award really.
“Last year I did score a lot of goals but I’ve noticed I’ve had a lot more chances so far at the beginning of the season.
“I’m getting two or three good chances and that’s why I’m scoring every game. It’s not just one half-chance like some games last season.”
Wells equalled a club record for scoring in eight successive matches but it is not just his goals that are getting him noticed. His all-round game has also come on as City have taken the first month in League One in their stride.
“Whoever I play against, I’m confident that if I get the chances I’ll take them. That confidence helps you play well.
“But as you start playing at higher levels, you need the all-round package. It’s not just about scoring.
“That’s my main focal point this season, to prove that I’m not just a finisher, and I’ll keep working week in, week out to better that.
“If I can do that, I can see myself and Bradford moving forward together as a team.”
In his first interview of the season, City’s top scorer stressed that he had not let the constant transfer speculation unsettle him.
Despite the club’s insistence that nobody followed up Peterborough’s bid that was rejected in June, rumours remained rife right up until Monday’s deadline. But Wells said the talk has been no distraction.
“It is easy to switch off. I don’t let any of it get to me because I know what’s realistic and what’s not.
“A lot of it is through Twitter and just goes in one ear and out the other. It’s proof that it didn’t affect me because I’ve started the season really well.
“I look at it as an incentive. We all want to play at the highest level but in order for us to get there you have to do the best you can.
“I’m a contracted Bradford player and I’m enjoying my football. I want the same goal as the club and that’s to get up and play in the Championship as soon as possible.
“That’s what I’m going to do and hopefully come the end of the season we can all have that advantage.”
City host Brentford tomorrow in seventh spot after making a good start out of the blocks. Wells can see them maintaining that early form.
“We all know we haven’t done anything yet. But I think we’re unlucky not to be third or fourth.
“We would have taken this position at the beginning of the season. It’s not been the hardest start but it’s not the easiest either.
“I always felt that certain players would suit this league better. Teams respect you and there’s much more football being played compared to last season.
“You’re going to have games that are a scrap like Port Vale or Stevenage but it’s a lot more enjoyable this season.
“We’re going to places like Bristol City and playing at home in front of 18,000. We’re enjoying it.
“With that comes better football and more chances – which means I’m more likely to score.”
Wells is relishing the chance to impress another vocal Valley Parade tomorrow and praised the impact that the home fans are having on the team.
“It’s great to play in front of that noise and gets the best out of you. It makes it so difficult for other teams once that crowd gets behind us.
“Without them, we might not be the side we are because it would be tough.
“Playing in a quiet game in front of 2,000 is hard to get your head round. But hearing fans cheering every tackle and every pass you make pushes you forward.”
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