WATFORD GALLERY: Ipswich Town midfielder Anthony Wordsworth hopes to be involved against AFC Bournemouth

Anthony Wordsworth celebrates his goal at Watford with the travelling fans who spilled onto the pitc

Anthony Wordsworth celebrates his goal at Watford with the travelling fans who spilled onto the pitch - Credit: Archant

Anthony Wordsworth is desperate to be involved in Ipswich Town’s crunch clash with Bournemouth this afternoon, the midfielder proclaiming, ‘let’s have it!’.

The 25-year-old scored on his return to the Blues’ starting line-up on Saturday, but his equaliser against Watford – which sparked jubilant scenes among the 2,000 or so travelling fans at Vicarage Road – counted for nothing as the hosts sealed a 3-1 win courtesy of two goals in as many minutes.

It meant that Town were not able to take advantage of several favourable Good Friday results, with Mick McCarthy’s men remaining one point adrift of the play-off places heading into the final three matches of the campaign.

With the top five spots in the Championship table seemingly spoken for, seven teams will still feel they have a chance of finishing sixth. And this afternoon sees two of them going head-to-head at Portman Road.

“I wasn’t really expecting to play to be honest, so when the gaffer said I was starting I thought, ‘I’ve got to do something here’,” said Wordsworth, who has been in and out of the team of late. “I think I’ve done that by scoring a goal. Hopefully it’s shown that I can get in the box and score goals. I’ve done that throughout my career.

“I’ve not played much football this season so I’m fresh, but whether I play or not is another thing. Whoever plays, we need a result because it’s a big game.

“I’ve never really been involved in a play-off push before. These are the sorts of games you want to be involved in as a player. Everyone is looking forward to it.”

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The former Colchester United man continued: “We watched the results come in on Friday and knew they’d gone nicely for us. This was a missed opportunity, but it’s not a disaster. We’re still well in it. We’ve got three games to go and we’ll be trying to win all three.

“It looks like it’s just that sixth place up for grabs and it could go down to the last day. I don’t know how many teams below us are still in it to be honest because we’ve been so focussed on who’s above us.

“If we win our three games I think we’d get in there. It’s more a feeling of excitement than anything. Let’s have it.”

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