I was silly - Wordsworth

Colchester midfielder Anthony Wordsworth looks back on the moment that has cost him a two-match suspension

IT was a bitter-sweet afternoon for Anthony Wordsworth on Saturday.

The 21-year-old midfielder may have scored a brace in Colchester’s 3-0 win over Swindon, but he has paid the price for the exuberant goal celebrations which followed his first strike.

When Wordsworth curled the ball home from the edge of the box to make it 2-0 in the 69th minute he purposely ran over to celebrate in front of the Swindon fans behind the goal.

A yellow card followed and, with it being the left midfielder’s 10th of the season, he will now be suspended for the next two matches against Charlton (a) and Hartlepool (h).


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“I went over to take a corner and got a bit of abuse off their fans,” explained Wordsworth.

“When I scored it was nice to go over and celebrate in front of them, but it appears you can’t celebrate a goal these days.

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“I realise it was a silly thing to do now. I was aware I was on nine yellow cards and now I know I’m going to miss two big games.”

Meanwhile, U’s captain Magnus Okuonghae can expect a cuff around the ear from his manager following his performance in the 3-0 victory.

The centre-back received a cut just above his eyebrow when accidentally being caught by the elbow of team mate Danny Batth early in the second half.

The Nigerian-born defender had to leave the field to receive three stitches to the wound and eventually rejoined the action with a change of shirt five minutes later.

“I thought when he came back on he had a better game!” said Boothroyd.

“I’m being serious - it seemed to fire him up. I might have to give him a whack round the head before every game now!”

Reacting to the incident, Okuonghae said: “Obviously Danny is an enthusiastic lad and he wanted to win the ball as much as me. They asked me a few times if I wanted to come off, but I made sure they didn’t make a substitution.”

He added: “This is a great result, but just like we don’t dwell too much on defeats we won’t dwell too much on this either.

“We have to learn from our recent experiences and make sure we stay grounded. I’ve just seen the table and I see we aren’t even back in the play-offs yet, so we won’t get too excited.”

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