Colse Skuse has unfinished business at Wembley
Ipswich Town midfielder Cole Skuse is desperate to beat Norwich City tomorrow and have a shot at erasing his painful Wembley memory.
The Blues head to Carrow Road for the second leg of their Championship play-off semi-final tomorrow, the tie evenly-poised following last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Portman Road.
The winners will face either Brentford or Middlesbrough, the latter 2-1 up heading into their home leg tonight, in the final on May 25.
Skuse has been here before. He was part of the Bristol City squad that beat Crystal Palace over two legs in 2007/08 before losing 1-0 to Hull at Wembley.
Back then he was well down the pecking order at his hometown club though and watched all the drama unfold from the stands.
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“There is some regret, looking back,” he said. “We came so close, I wasn’t involved and it does feel as if there’s a little bit of unfinished business.
“It was a frustrating time for me. I didn’t start too many games that season, the manager (Gary Johnson) had found a midfield pairing that he liked and stuck with them.
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“I want to go back to Wembley and finish off what I didn’t manage to achieve all those years ago.”
Looking ahead to Saturday’s match in Norfolk (12.15pm ko), the 29-year-old, said: “We’ve definitely taken a lot from last weekend’s game. I think we shaded it actually. We had some good chances and, although they had a lot of the ball they didn’t really hurt us in the second half.
“We are obviously wary of their threats, but we don’t go into the game scared and unconfident.
“The pressure will be on them. They’re at home, they’ve got an unbelievable squad and are the favourites.
“This group of players has always had belief though. If you witnessed our training session this morning you’d see how confident and buoyant the lads are.”