Grant Holt looking forward to reprising his role as Portman Road pantomime villain
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Wolves striker Grant Holt is looking forward to reprising his role of the Portman Road pantomime villain tomorrow.
The 34-year-old became the player Ipswich Town fans loved to hate during 2010/11 season when, playing for arch rivals Norwich City, he scored a hat-trick in a 4-1 victory at Carrow Road and featured in a 5-1 win at Portman Road.
Now on a two-month loan at Wolves from League One side Wigan Athletic, Holt – who also played when Huddersfield drew 2-2 at Portman Road in 2011 – returns to Suffolk for only the third time in his career tomorrow.
“I probably won’t get the warmest welcome but that’s football,” he told BBC West Midlands. “I haven’t lost there and I actually enjoy being the old pantomime villain.
“If someone wants to give me stick, I’m not really bothered, as long as they expect a little bit back.”
The Cumbrian, who is likely to be on the bench, continued: “I’ve never not had stick anywhere.
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“If you’re getting stick and you’re getting shouted at and people are screaming at you, you’ve obviously done something to annoy them or you’re obviously doing something well enough to bother them. If anyone forgets who I am or stops talking to me, then I’m in trouble.”
Wolves have won just once in six games since Holt arrived in late October, but a goalless draw with automatic promotion contenders Burnley going into the latest international break showed what they are capable of. They go into tomorrow’s game in 14th, five points behind Town.
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“Ipswich are similar to ourselves,” said Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett. “Just above us in the table and working really hard to make sure the top six doesn’t get too far away from them. They’re capable obviously. A very good squad of players, a very good management team, and finished in the play-offs last year, so they have strong capabilities.”