Northampton penalty shout still a sore spot for Bradford City striker Wells (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Northampton penalty shout still a sore spot for Bradford City striker Nahki Wells
Northampton’s destroyer-in-chief Nahki Wells is eyeing revenge for the one that got away when City face the Cobblers once again tonight.
The Bermudian striker’s weekend double took his goal tally to 12 for the season – already equalling his total from last term.
And Northampton boss Aidy Boothroyd returns to his home city well aware of the danger Wells poses after netting four times in City’s last two league visits to Sixfields.
Wells was not on the scoresheet in the 1-1 FA Cup draw which forced the replay at Valley Parade – but felt that he should have been put on the spot to keep the run going.
He remains adamant that City should have had a late penalty following Danny East’s tackle from behind as he burst into the box.
Wells said: “I didn’t even jump up to try to claim it because I was so confident the penalty would be given.
“He went through the back of me. He didn’t touch the ball, he kneed my knee into the ball.
“As a player you like to have certain grounds you always score at and I was a bit gutted the run ended like that when it shouldn’t have done.
“But hopefully I can get them back in the replay.”
A home tie with Brentford in round two – and £18,000 prize money – await the winners.
Phil Parkinson will not be able to call on loanees John Egan and Craig Forsyth and may look to shake things up again because of the non-stop run of games.
Wells and James Hanson were on the bench in the first tie ten days ago as Parkinson started with Garry Thomps-on and Alan Connell up front.
That could be the case again this evening but Wells has no beef with the City chief’s rotation policy.
The top scorer said: “I haven’t complained about any decisions he’s made so far. He’s given plenty of debuts to people and everyone’s shuffling and changing but it has worked.
“The proof of that is where we are in the league and the fact we are still in every cup.
“I’m glad sometimes when he gives me a rest and I’m glad when he pushes me through games. He knows how to get the best out of me and I’m happy with that.
“Obviously sometimes I want to play when I’m a sub but then you feel quite fresh next time. Maybe if I’d played the whole 90 minutes at Northampton I wouldn’t have felt so good afterwards.
“That’s always how the manager plans and I think he’s doing it very well.
“I’ve never had a spell as busy as this. But you have to look at the positives and we’re still in every competition.
“Brentford would be another decent tie at home if we can beat Northampton.
“We want to do the best we can in the cups but the main aim is always promotion. That is the priority.”
Parkinson praised the way his side coped with their recent rush of away games, losing only one out of five at Burton – and that after going down to ten men and seeing both centre halves injured.
Wells insists nobody has let their focus drop despite the side attractions of the cup runs and the imminent clash with Arsenal.
He added: “As Parky says, he doesn’t want us dwelling on the past and what we’ve done. Everyone is concentrating on the next game.
“Teams might think we could be a bit too high after these cup games but as he says, we don’t get too carried away when we win or too low when we lose.
“The good thing is he hasn’t had to slap anyone down because every player is thinking about the team and doing their best all the time.”