Manager says Wells is “lacking confidence at the moment”
LONDON, CMC — Huddersfield Town manager Mark Robins says Nahki Wells is “lacking a little confidence at the moment “ after the Bermudian striker failed to score for the sixth game in a row in a 2-0 home defeat against Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday in an English Championship match on Saturday.
Wells scored in his first two games for Huddersfield after his £1.3 million ($2.1 million) transfer — a club record fee — last month from League One side Bradford City but has not found the net since scoring in a 2-1 defeat at Queens Park Rangers, having notched a last-gasp winner on debut against Millwall.
The brace took 23-year-old Wells’ tally for the season to 17, having netted 15 times for Bradford this term before his move.
Saturday’s defeat at the John Smith’s Stadium saw Huddersfield slip to 14th place, 10 points off the play-off places.
Robins says he is determined to get the fans back on the edge of their seats, having accepted that his side lacked firepower in the defeat at the weekend.
He hopes they can get back on the winning trail in another all-Yorkshire showdown against Barnsley, currently one from bottom, at home next weekend.
“We have created chances and lit the blue touch paper a number of times this season, but it wasn’t that great against Sheffield Wednesday,” Robins said.
“We won’t get too high or too low about things, but we have to understand where we are.
“The defeat won’t change where we are going, but what we do need to do is work a bit harder when things don’t quite go to plan.”
Without leading scorer James Vaughan for at least another three weeks due to a calf muscle tear, Robins is banking on record signing Wells and Danny Ward to provide excitement up front.
“It is all about us having some guile up front and Danny and Nahki are a threat to other teams,” Robins said.
“They didn’t show enough of that against Sheffield Wednesday.