Bristol City striker Nahki Wells netted his second goal for his new club as they were held to a 1-1 draw by third-placed Fulham at Ashton Gate on Saturday afternoon.
The Robins took the lead courtesy of Wells’ 70th-minute header which looked like it might give City a precious three points, but Lee Johnson’s men were then pegged back when Tom Cairney levelled the scores in the 84th minute as the spoils were eventually shared.
The result means City remain seventh in the Championship table and just one point adrift of the play-off spots, with the Ashton Gate outfit now facing key clashes with Blackburn, Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest over the coming weeks.
Wells’ strike would have been particularly pleasing for the Robins given the frontman has found it tough making his mark in the south west since his move from Burnley, but the 29-year-old marked his return to the starting line-up with a precious goal over the weekend.
Here, we take a look at Wells’ performance in closer detail…
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Wells was left out of Johnson’s starting line-up for the Robins’ clash with Millwall last weekend, but the former QPR frontman was deployed from the start against Fulham and he re-paid the City boss’ faith by netting his side’s only goal of the game in the second half.
The attacker proved to be a real menace for the Fulham defence throughout the match as he registered a total of six shots on goal, with the fact four of these were on target proving how he was a highly effective presence in Robins’ attack all afternoon.
Wells also managed to get into a number of promising positions as he recorded five touches in the penalty box overall, with this being more than what he has registered in any of his other outings for the south-west side since his January move.
There are still some aspects of Wells’ game which could still benefit from improvement and this includes his passing accuracy which came in at 71% against the Cottagers, with this suggesting he is still adapting to the link-up play with his new teammates.
The Bermuda international also managed to win just 14% of his offensive duels and, while he is primarily included in the side to score goals, this is a figure that Johnson will want Wells to improve ahead of the final run-in.
However, Wells can definitely be satisfied with his performance against Fulham on the whole as he is starting to look much more at home in this Bristol City side.