QPR v Bolton Saturday, 3pm
NAHKI WELLS is brutally honest when it comes to assessing QPR’s second half of the season. ‘There’s no hiding from the fact it’s been a horrendous new year for us,’ he admits. ‘There’s no denying we haven’t been good enough.’
While that may not be music to the ears of Hoops fans, the striker does at least think he knows why Steve McClaren’s men have nosedived to 17th in the Championship ahead of the visit of troubled Bolton tomorrow.
‘After such a good first half of the season, things have gone against us — refereeing decisions, conceding late goals… I had a penalty saved against Birmingham which would have got us a valuable point, penalties going against us in the 90th minute of games,’ Wells tells Metro.
‘It has been very fine margins for us but there is no denying we haven’t been good enough. We all know we have underperformed to an extent.’
Thirteen points off sixth place, QPR can write off the play-offs for this season — the relegation zone, just eight points beneath them, is the bigger concern. Wells feels that is a massive underachievement for them.
‘The play-offs seem impossible but we do need some points and we’re aware of that,’ adds the Bermuda striker. ‘Sometimes subconsciously you get into a comfort zone, that’s human nature, and we have taken our foot off the pedal by one per cent maybe — I haven’t done as well as I know I can. A top-half finish is still a minimum for me and we can’t allow the season to dwindle away — we’re all playing for our futures.’
The Loftus Road faithful will be more cheered by the 28-year-old’s comments on his plans. The on-loan Burnley forward says he would love the chance to remain in west London if he can.
Asked about next term, the former Bradford and Huddersfield man replies: ‘It’s up in the air. I’m thankful to have had the opportunity at this fantastic club. I’ve enjoyed every second here and have fallen in love with the club.
‘But I have that uncertainty because of my contract at Burnley. I know it will be difficult to get a chance there and if there was the opportunity to stay at QPR, I wouldn’t hesitate if the terms were correct.’
He also has one big aim in English football, something he hopes he may even achieve with Rangers if he was to sign permanently. ‘I want another shot at the Premier League,’ Wells says.
‘I know I have the ability to do well there but unfortunately I’ve not had that chance. But I haven’t given up.’
■ 10 — Matches without a goal for Wells, stretching back to February 5. His last league goal came on Boxing Day
■ 5 — Clubs in England for the bermuda international striker, who started at non-league Eccleshill, in bradford, in 2010