John Hendrie urges Bradford City to beat Blades to end Nahki Wells woes

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Nahki Wells scored both goals when City beat Sheffield United at Valley Parade earlier in the season Nahki Wells scored both goals when City beat Sheffield United at Valley Parade earlier in the season

John Hendrie believes Bramall Lane offers the perfect stage for City to blow away the Nahki Wells blues.

Hendrie and Ian Ormondroyd were the scorers when the Bantams last won a league visit to Sheffield United, a 2-1 Easter Monday success during the 1988 ‘nearly’ season.

City’s victory at Valley Parade in August was their first over the Blades in 15 attempts since, although they did come through on penalties in the JP Trophy at Bramall Lane in 2011.

With no wins in eight games currently and only one in 15, Phil Parkinson’s side need to arrest the slide which has seen them drop into mid-table.

Hendrie insists there would be no better time to do that than this afternoon by clinching a double over Nigel Clough’s Blades – and proving there is life after Wells.

He said: “The Nahki Wells situation became bigger than the club. It almost took over what the team were doing, which is wrong.

“It wasn’t just overtaking the boys on the pitch but the coaching staff, the board, the fans – but that’s all gone now. Nahki is history and everyone’s got to focus on looking ahead.

“They’ve got clear minds and a clear vision and there is another body in to give the place a spark.”

Striker Aaron Mclean’s arrival has raised the mood among fans still coming to terms with losing their top scorer to local rivals Huddersfield. Hendrie is banking on the Bantams to build on that with their first victory since beating MK Dons in November.

He said: “City have got to get three points sooner rather than later. For confidence, nothing beats getting that win on the board.

“There’s nothing better than going in to training on a Monday morning if you’ve just got three points. For the supporters, they can go out Saturday night with a smile on their faces.

“Everyone is buzzing on the back of that one result. When did they last have that?

“The Wells cloud has gone now and it would be a great place to get things going again.

“You go to some grounds and City are the big fish. Go down to Sheffield United and that’s a really big club.

“City always take a great following down there. It’s an old-fashioned stadium and always generates a big atmosphere – so where better to get that win again?”

Wells scored both goals when City beat the Blades at the start of the season during David Weir’s ill-fated short spell in charge.

Hendrie said: “The only difference between the teams that day was in the final third with Nahki Wells. That’s what you are missing.

“City might play average in some games but you always felt Nahki might nick them a goal. You need someone else to step up now and take over that mantle and hopefully Aaron will do that.”

* Don’t miss John Hendrie’s latest column in the T&A on Tuesday.

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8:23am Sat 18 Jan 14

irish bantam says...

3000 fans on their way
3000 fans on their way irish bantam

8:25am Sat 18 Jan 14

Spenvalleyspartan says...

David Perkins at Barnsley has been told he can leave. A cracking box to box midfielder who could maybe replace Gary Jones in the long run. Maybe worth looking at!
David Perkins at Barnsley has been told he can leave. A cracking box to box midfielder who could maybe replace Gary Jones in the long run. Maybe worth looking at! Spenvalleyspartan

8:39am Sat 18 Jan 14

LaCe78 says...

Spenvalleyspartan wrote:
David Perkins at Barnsley has been told he can leave. A cracking box to box midfielder who could maybe replace Gary Jones in the long run. Maybe worth looking at!
He signed for Blackpool yesterday afternoon
[quote][p][bold]Spenvalleyspartan[/bold] wrote: David Perkins at Barnsley has been told he can leave. A cracking box to box midfielder who could maybe replace Gary Jones in the long run. Maybe worth looking at![/p][/quote]He signed for Blackpool yesterday afternoon LaCe78

9:01am Sat 18 Jan 14

settler07 says...

Will the T&A please stop banging on about Wells. It is actually only you, Simon Parker, that hasn't moved on. Next story please.
Will the T&A please stop banging on about Wells. It is actually only you, Simon Parker, that hasn't moved on. Next story please. settler07

9:09am Sat 18 Jan 14

Hove edge bantam says...

Anyone else think Nahki may return to the club after wearing the White shirt and state the blatantly obvious Can't wait for next Tuesdays thrilling installment
Anyone else think Nahki may return to the club after wearing the White shirt and state the blatantly obvious Can't wait for next Tuesdays thrilling installment Hove edge bantam

12:45pm Sat 18 Jan 14

bcfc1903 says...

Well said John Hendrie, a true Bradford City Football Club Legend!!!!!
Well said John Hendrie, a true Bradford City Football Club Legend!!!!! bcfc1903

12:59pm Sat 18 Jan 14

lawsonio123 says...

T Wells thing is over The K ing? as gone let us forget it now as the saying goes out with the Old and in with the New. City wiil be alright they will progress indeed they have Progressed as we all know Now watch them go forward to better things and please more supporters let us get to 18000 Maybe the directors can spare Mr Parkinson a little more money if the crowds improve GOOD LUCK TODAY
T Wells thing is over The K ing? as gone let us forget it now as the saying goes out with the Old and in with the New. City wiil be alright they will progress indeed they have Progressed as we all know Now watch them go forward to better things and please more supporters let us get to 18000 Maybe the directors can spare Mr Parkinson a little more money if the crowds improve GOOD LUCK TODAY lawsonio123

3:16pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Michael Clayton says...

Hove edge bantam wrote:
Anyone else think Nahki may return to the club after wearing the White shirt and state the blatantly obvious Can't wait for next Tuesdays thrilling installment
I do not understand what you mean.
[quote][p][bold]Hove edge bantam[/bold] wrote: Anyone else think Nahki may return to the club after wearing the White shirt and state the blatantly obvious Can't wait for next Tuesdays thrilling installment[/p][/quote]I do not understand what you mean. Michael Clayton

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