Anthony Wordsworth confident of being Championship success

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Ipswich v Crystal Palace: Anthony Wordsworth is confident of becoming an established Championship star, on the eve of a visit from Crystal Palace’s big guns.

The prolific Glenn Murray – with 29 goals to his name – leads the league’s scoring charts, having been ably assisted by Manchester United-bound Wilfried Zaha and DR Congo international, Yannick Bolasie.

Wordsworth is at the start of his second tier voyage but, having opened his account against Hull at the weekend, has suggested he can scale the heights.

Fourth-placed Palace, who hammered Town 5-0 at Selhurst Park in November, have only won once in 12 away games, but Wordsworth knows Ian Holloway’s men will offer a stern test.

“They have probably three best players in the league (Glenn Murray, Wilfried Zaha and Yannick Bolasie) and they are difficult to stop but, our form since November has been top-three standard and our defence has been brilliant, so hopefully we can keep them out,” said Wordsworth.

The former Colchester midfielder returned to the first-team at the weekend, after eight weeks out following a broken back, and put in a lively performance.

However, the 24-year-old’s lack of match fitness may have played a part in his error which led to Hull’s winner.

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“I think it was clear to see I was struggling for fitness on Saturday, I only played 45 minutes, but that was difficult,” added the midfielder, who replaced Jay Tabb in first half stoppage time.

“The most important time for me will be pre-season, so I can get up to full speed fitness-wise, but it will be tough because of the players we have here, and what the manager may do in the transfer market.

“Nobody knows who is going to come in but I definitely think I am good enough to play at this level.”

Aaron Mclean (toe), Lee Martin (ankle) and Patrick Kisnorbo (illness) are all doubts for the game.

Anthony Wordsworth on making the step up, regaining his fitness and his goal celebration, in your Ipswich Star.

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