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Wordsworth buzzing to be back

8 February 2016

Blues midfielder ecstatic with derby win

Anthony Wordsworth is buzzing to be back after making a dream return in the Essex derby victory at the weekend.

The midfielder entered the field of play on the hour mark, as Phil Brown looked to add further man power to the attack as the ten men of Colchester United defended valiantly.

Cometh the hour, cometh the man as Wordsworth finally broke the deadlock with eight minutes remaining in the game.

Subsequent goals from Adam Barrett and Sam McQueen put the game to bed and took the roof off Roots Hall as the Blues ran out 3-0 victors.

Wordsworth, delighted with his comeback, admits it couldn’t have gone much better for him on Saturday.

“It was brilliant to be back out there.” He said.

“I’ve been out a long time now, so to come back and get a goal after not having much training makes me over the moon to be honest.

Saturday’s win puts Southend hot on the heels of the play-off spots, level on points with sixth-placed Millwall and two points off Coventry in fifth-spot.

Registering a third consecutive win amidst an electric atmosphere on home turf, Wordsworth says the derby win will give the players a boost.

“A derby victory gives every player a lift.

“There was 10,000 at Roots Hall for the game and the atmosphere was brilliant.”

Colchester played almost an hour of the match with a one-man deficit, and looked steely in their resolve to keep the scores level.

Wordsworth highlighted the frustration of those types of matches, and praised the patience of his team mates in getting the goal they craved.

“It was one of them games where you are just waiting for something to happen.

“It could just be that pass or that bit movement that gives you the break you need.

“We kept ticking away and luckily Jack Payne set me up, I caught it well and from there we took control of the game.”

Prior to the game with the U’s, Summer recruit Wordsworth has not featured for Southend since early October; suffering from an ankle injury sustained in the Johnstone’s Paint trophy win over Crawley Town.

After a frustrating start to life at Roots Hall, the midfielder now can’t wait to play his part, as the season nears the business end.

“I’m looking forward to the rest of the season now.

“I think I’ve had a bit of disappointing start to my Southend career.

“I didn’t really feel fit, but I feel a lot stronger now and hopefully I can pick up from what I started today.”

Both Anthony and Phil Brown’s post-match interviews are now available on Blues Player HD.

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