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Gaffer's derby preview

17 January 2014

Nigel Clough says he is happy the Blades won't have to face Nahki Wells on Saturday, but insists it won't make Bradford an easier proposition to face.

Clough, who isn't surprised that Wells has moved on to play in the Championship, admits that his coaching staffing scouted the Bermudian striker a few years ago.

He remarked: "Bradford recently lost the services of Nahki and obviously, given his goalscoring record, we are glad he won't be playing against us at the weekend.

"We identified Nahki two or three years ago at Derby County. Andy Garner went to watch Bradford and came back with good reports about a young lad who was a natural finisher.

"Unfortunately he was just getting a bit of attention, he signed a new deal at time and we didn't have the money to pursue our interest in him."

Looking ahead to Saturday's game, Clough, who isn't surprised to see the Bantams holding their own this term, continued: "Despite not having him now, James Hanson is a real threat, especially from set-pieces, and whoever partners him on Saturday will bring their own dangers.

"Phil (Parkinson) has put his faith in young Oliver (McBurnie) lately, who is probably more like Nahki Wells than other more experienced options.

"But given they have just signed Aaron McLean from Hull City, I would expect him to be thrown straight into the team.

"You often find that teams coming up into League One have established squads in the league below, hence why they come up and hit the ground running."

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