“It wasn’t an Adebayor” - insists former Colchester United midfielder Anthony Wordsworth
- Credit: Andrew Partridge
Anthony Wordsworth admitted that he “got a little bit excited” with his goal celebration after scoring the all-important opening goal in Southend’s 3-0 home win over Colchester United yesterday.
Ex-U’s midfielder Wordsworth drilled home a superb shot from the edge of the box, in the 82nd minute, to inflict more woe on his old club.
The 27-year-old celebrated in front of Southend’s most vocal support, but also near the Colchester away supporters, who were at the other end of the pitch from where he scored the goal.
There were some ugly scenes, amongst supporters, after Wordsworth’s crucial goal during the remaining minutes of the match.
Adam Barrett and Sam McQueen added late goals to seal Southend’s win.
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“I got a little bit excited when I scored,” admitted Wordsworth.
“But I wasn’t running towards Colchester’s fans,
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“I was running to ours. It wasn’t an Adebayor.”
Wordsworth was refering to striker Adebayor’s extravagant goal celebration in 2009, after scoring for Manchester City against his old club Arsenal and running the length of the pitch to celebrate in front of the Gunners fans,
Wordsworth had appeared as a 61st minute substitute yesterday, to make his first appearance for the play-off chasing Shrimpers for more than three months, since a 1-1 draw against Gillingham on October 24.
And he had a feeling that he might score, against a club where he made nearly 200 senior appearances at the start of his career, before his eventually move to Ipswich Town in 2013.
“I told the gaffer (Phil Brown) in the week that I had scored in two or three Essex derbies. He must have listened to me!” said Wordsworth.
“I’ve been out for a long time.
“I’ve only been back in training a day, so to even be on the bench was a surprise,” added Wordsworth