Queens Park Rangers striker Nahki Wells got back on the scoresheet on New Year’s Day, netting a clinical hat-trick to take his goal tally for the season to eleven, as the Hoops dispatched Cardiff City 6-1 at Loftus Road.
Bright Osayi-Samuel netted a brace as well, with Ebere Eze also finding the net. It was the first time QPR have scored six goals in a game since 1999.
However, the match-winner for Rangers was Wells, who deservedly got the match ball for his efforts on Wednesday afternoon.
It put an end to a nine-game run without a goal, and speaking to the Kilburn Times, the 29-year-old has reflected on his form in recent weeks.
“I wouldn’t change anything I’ve done, I’ve been a little bit unlucky with some of the instances,” he said.
Prior to the Cardiff game, Wells’s last goal for QPR was against Middlesbrough in early November.
However, Wells was delighted to have got back to his best as QPR look to mount a promotion push.
“There’s been some games without any chances but then to get the hat-trick, get an assist, be amongst it, have a big influence on the game as a whole, I’m delighted and it gives me a platform to build from.”
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QPR are now just five points off the play-offs, but sit in 15th place in the league with 35 points from 26 games.
Their next match is in the FA Cup third round this Sunday, as Swansea City make the trip from South Wales to W12 to face the R’s.
It will be a huge boost for Nahki Wells that he is back in the goals, as a drought of over a month can negatively affect the confidence of a player.
All three of Wells’ goals were well taken finishes, with the the third goal being the pick of the bunch.
The Bermudan latched onto a poor pass from Cardiff’s Aden Flint, then wrong footing another defender and slotting home into the top corner for his third of the game.