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LONDON, Feb 11, CMC – On-loan Bermudian striker Nahki Wells has apologised to his teammates and fans after missing an injury-time penalty in Queens Park Rangers’ dramatic 4-3 defeat at home to Birmingham City in an English Championship match at Loftus Road on Saturday
Wells’ miss foiled his side’s remarkable comeback after they fought back from 4-0 down in 42 minutes during a pulsating game.
Wells, with eight goals under his belt so far this season while on loan from Premier League club Burnley, took to his social media later to say sorry to the supporters and vowed to “right the wrong” when QPR visit promotion-chasing Bristol City in the league on Tuesday.
“Prob the worst feeling I’ve ever had in football! Apologies I let us down!!,” Wells wrote.
Club chairman Tony Fernandes responded by saying: “No apologies needed. You have been a star and one of the hardest workers on the pitch. We move on.”
QPR manager Steve McClaren also backed Wells to put his disappointment behind him and hailed his side’s much-improved second-half display.
“Nahki knows how to come back from this. He’s 28 years old and has plenty of experience,” he said.
“That’s football and while it’s a lot different standing after the game at 4-4 than it is 4-3, I always say to the players it’s about the performance.
“The first half was something I couldn’t describe in words, but the second half was pure joy.”
Birmingham were four goals up thanks to a hat-trick from Che Adams and Harlee Dean’s effort. A goal either side from half-time from Matt Smith helped QPR claw their way back into the game before Jordan Cousins cut the deficit to 4-3 in the 80th minute.
QPR appeared to have been handed a lifeline when Luke Freeman was fouled in the area by Craig Gardner, but Wells could only watch in despair as his penalty was saved by Lee Camp, the goalkeeper diving low to his right to block the shot before the ball was scrambled clear.
The defeat was QPR’s fourth in a row in the league and their sixth without a win as they dropped to 15th. Tuesday’s opponents, Bristol City, are 11 points ahead of QPR in sixth place.