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Wordsworth: My Error on Hull Goal
Tuesday, 16th Apr 2013 06:01

Anthony Wordsworth not only celebrated a goal upon his return to action at the weekend – he was also quick to apologise for an error that contributed to Hull’s 2-1 win.

The ex-Colchester midfielder only cleared Robbie Brady’s corner back to him, allowing the former Manchester United youngster to cross into the middle for substitute Robert Koren to head home and cement his side’s automatic promotion place in the Championship.

Wordsworth, 24, admitted: “It was a bit of a bittersweet afternoon. It was obviously nice to score but I should have cleared the ball for their goal near the end.

“I walked straight into the changing room at the end and held my hands up. I should have cleared it and I should have got tighter to the man to try to stop the cross.

“There was a spare man in the middle so a few of us could have held our hands up but I was the first one to say I could and should have done better than I did. We watched it back and the manager said I had to learn from it and make sure it didn’t happen again. I need to try to minimise the mistakes.”

It has been a stop-start first few months as a Town player for Wordsworth after he broke three vertebrae against Blackpool in February, forcing him to spend two months on the sidelines.

Wordsworth added: “I haven’t played a lot of football in 2013. Before I came here I was suspended and because of the weather and postponements I missed five weeks of football.

“Then I got injured here and missed eight weeks, so I haven’t played much at all. I’ll have to address that with the physios and the medical staff.”

Wordsworth will retain his place in Mick McCarthy’s squad for tonight’s home clash with Crystal Palace and said he is happy to let the manager decide whether he should start or remain on the bench.

He also reported that the 2-1 defeat by the Tigers has done nothing to affect dressing room morale at the club and everyone was eagerly looking forward to the visit from an Eagles side who remain in a play-off slot despite winning none of their last five league games.

Wordsworth said: “We’ve just been doing what we always do to prepare for a game, the same as what we did before we played Hull. Had we won we could have crept further away from the bottom three but it wasn’t to be. Now we must pick ourselves up and go again.

“I didn’t think there was a lot between us and Hull. Obviously, they are up near the top and are one of the better teams but our record since November, when the new gaffer came in, would put us in the top three or four.

“It was a close game with very little between the two sides and it could have gone either way. Unfortunately they nicked it – and I played my part in their winner.”

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delias_cheesy_flaps added 08:40 - Apr 16
He should have been closed down quicker not allowing him time to get another ball into the box instead of the gentle amble towards Brady.
Then again a virtual free header from a few yards out is not clever either!
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Fatcatevans added 09:08 - Apr 16
Even allowing for that Koran should have been picked up instead of being allowed a free header by our other defenders. fair play to Wordsworth for taking the rap. Something that a few of our other players could learn from. He will be a big player for us next season. He posses a level of skill foreign to our other midfielders
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Bergholtblue added 09:11 - Apr 16
Good of him to recognise his mistake, but whoever left Koren unmarked also needs to put their hands up.

Overall please with Wordsworth, he came off the bench and made an impact. Unlike Nouble or Jet, albeit the latter only getting on for the last 7 minutes or so.
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AlexGreen added 10:30 - Apr 16
How can a 24 year old grow such an impressive beard? I've got seven years on him and am not even close!
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Earl60 added 10:54 - Apr 16
He said he struggled to even get through 45 minutes. He's obviously still not fully fit, and maybe shouldn't have been involved Saturday. An error on MM's part, as was bringing back N'Daw. Both players cost us the goals. I thought MM's policy was if it ain't broke don't fix it.
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Special_A added 10:55 - Apr 16
I think a fit Woody could become a bit of a Town favourite
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Jewels added 11:27 - Apr 16
Woody is my favourite player. He is good with his head, has an excellent pass which can cut straight through defences, he's a good build and a hundred times better than Lee Martin!! I am hoping he will become a regular player for us next season.
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MattinLondon added 11:30 - Apr 16
He has apologised so credit to him for doing so. In future just clear the ball into the stands...or go on a mazy run, beat all eleven players twice ,before smashing the ball into the net.
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bluefeast added 11:34 - Apr 16
i hate this season , I wish it were over and we were safe ,then I could think it was fantastic and far better than mid table boredom # stressed
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BroskiBeen added 13:31 - Apr 16
WELL DONE FOR ADMITTING THIS, NOW HE CAN LEARN FROM HIS MISTAKES AND BECOME A BETTER ALL ROUND MIDFIELDER WITH MICK AND TERRIES GUIDENCE
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BillyT123 added 11:09 - Apr 17
yeah Wordsworth should be ashamed of that clearance on Saturday, cost us a valuable point and looks very lazy, sell him now!
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BillyT123 added 11:10 - Apr 17
broskibeen stop being such a wetty and be more harsh, stop poncing around and sucking up to him, p.s he needs a shave
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