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Stats Show Woody's Working Hard
Tuesday, 8th Apr 2014 06:00

The official stats have confirmed what Anthony Wordsworth has suspected all along – that he is not lazy and always pulls his weight.

The midfielder is back in the first team fold after a lengthy absence, starting three of Town’s last four games, and is happy with his form.

He said: “I feel I’ve done well. The gaffer has always been on to me about working hard and doing all the other side of the game. I did the most running in the games against Brighton and Derby, and I was also putting in tackles and headers, stuff like that.

“I think I made it difficult for him and I would have been very disappointed if I had not been put back in at Blackburn on Saturday.”

Wordsworth has dismissed the theory that he didn’t measure up to Mick McCarthy’s demands and was perhaps lacking commitment.

He added: “I always believed I had been putting in the effort. I think the gaffer probably didn’t know what type of player I was, which is obviously difficult.

“I always believe in myself and I know what I’m about. I know I work hard, I know I can score goals and I know what I can do, so I just have to try to prove him wrong.

“There is a lot more to come from me but maybe it is too late in the season now. I think I need maybe 10 or 15 games to try to show the gaffer what I can really do. When I’ve been put into the side I think I’m just doing enough and I’d like to do more.”

The former Colchester player also blamed his running method for giving the impression that he might not be applying himself fully.

He said: “I think I’ve got this unique running style, as they say, and it maybe doesn’t look like I’m working hard. But if you look at the stats, I’ve done more running in the games I’ve played than anyone else in the team.

“The manager likes players who work hard and get in people’s faces. I’ve got my way of running and it might look lazy but the stats say I have covered more distance than anyone else in the team. I feel like I’ve worked hard and done all the things that he’s asked of me.

“The stats come out on a Monday morning and I was the first one there to check them. When I saw that what I believed was actually right I was very happy.”

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battyblue added 06:34 - Apr 8
Well done Woody keep it up

jabberjackson added 07:54 - Apr 8
Maybe it's worth re-thinking your running style. I changed my walking style when I was about 14 and I'm convinced it alerted a few more girls to my presence.

pazelle added 10:04 - Apr 8
“I always believed I had been putting in the effort. I think the gaffer probably didn’t know what type of player I was, which is obviously difficult."

The gaffer should know what type of player he is, he paid £100k for him - he's Mick's record signing!

Beattiesballbag added 10:35 - Apr 8
It's not Woodies fault he got dropped for Forest, it's just that Billy B**l Sh****r just can't change his ways with two defensive midfielders .

As Osman at Everton has said they were always a hard team to beat under Moyes but it is so much better being a forward thinking team that keeps possession of the ball as well as being a hard team to beat as they are now under Martinez........................a positive Manager!
Lucky for them the clown Moyes took Mr elbows with him.

gippeswyk added 11:31 - Apr 8
Is Woody following the action with his running or is he in the thick of it? The ref and linesmen do a lot of running but not with the ball.

MickMillsTash added 11:38 - Apr 8
Agreed Gippeswyck- I always felt that I was one of the fittest players when I played but if I was not reading the game - getting in tackles or finding space to receive the ball i was just a busy fool

KBsSocks added 14:25 - Apr 8
Yeah, MMT, I agree - I used to "create a lot of space", too. One of the best at creating space, I was. Except when they put me in goal. Creating space didn't really work very well between the sticks !

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