Mark Robins wants James Vaughan and Nahki Wells to prove they can form the partnership which will drive Town up the Championship table, writes Doug Thomson.

The pair played alongside each other for the final 23 minutes of his 15th-placed side’s 4-2 home defeat by Blackburn.

Top scorer Vaughan, back in the reckoning after a torn calf, came off the bench and claimed the assist as club-record £1.3m signing Wells scored his third Town goal.

 

Former Manchester City striker Harry Bunn also appeared as a substitute for his club debut.

But Robins, who has loaned Martin Paterson to Bristol City for the rest of the season (the Northern Ireland frontman came off the bench in the 0-0 League I draw at home to Swindon), sees 12-goal Vaughan and former Bradford City man Wells as his dual attacking force.

“Hopefully James will play alongside Nahki for the rest of the season,” said Robins, who has also loaned out Cristian Lopez to League II strugglers Northampton and told the Spanish striker to seek a new club for next season.

“If they can strike up the partnership I think they can, we will be fine.”

On Paterson’s move, Robins explained: “He is a bit too much like Nahki for a partnership to work.

“We have to get a balance between spending and Financial Fair Play, and that’s a part of it.”

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