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MIDDLESBROUGH PREVIEW

1 February 2013

Anthony saying all the right Words as he looks to stamp his mark at Portman Road

Anthony Wordsworth says he feels at home already at Town and is hoping to make his Portman Road bow against Middlesbrough tomorrow.  

The midfielder joined the Blues for an undisclosed fee from Colchester this week, penning a deal which sees him remain in IP1 until the summer of 2014.

And the Londoner admits he heard nothing but good things about the Club before signing on the dotted line.  

“I’ve joined a very good Club and you can see the quality of the squad just from the step up in class in training,” Anthony told the Club website.

“That step-up doesn’t scare me though and I feel that this is the right time to play in the Championship and, more importantly, this is the right Club for me.

“There’s a few of the lads that I know already and I’m well aware of the area having lived just down the road in Colchester for so long now.

“I know Tommy Smith really well following his spell on loan to Colchester a few years back and of course I know Tom Eastman too.

“I spoke to both lads before I made the move and whenever I’ve chatted to them about Ipswich they’ve always spoke very highly of the place and told me what a good Club it is.

“I’m a part of that now and I’m really excited to be here. I can’t wait to run out onto the pitch and if the manager feels I’m ready then I would be delighted.”

Team news

Mick McCarthy could include Richard Stearman and Anthony Wordsworth in his squad, after signing the pair this week from Wolves and Colchester respectively. The Town boss will be without the services of Bradley Orr though, after the right-back was recalled from his loan at Portman Road by parent club Blackburn.

Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray could hand a debut to former Town man Kieron Dyer, after the midfielder penned a short-term deal at the Riverside before the January transfer window closed. One former Blue who is expected to start is Grant Leadbitter though, who left Town in the summer after his contract at Portman Road expired.

Where they finished last season

Town- 15th
Middlesbrough- 7th  

Where they currently stand

Town- 21st
Middlesbrough- 6th

One to watch

Lukas Jutkiewicz. The striker arrived at the Riverside just over a year ago from Coventry, where he had been the Sky Blues’ top scorer. Began his career with spells at Southampton, Swindon and Everton but really impressed during a loan spell with Motherwell. The 24-year old has struck up an impressive partnership with Australian Scott McDonald recently and will be one player for Town to keep an eye on.

Match Officials

Referee: Craig Pawson
Assistants: Matthew Buonassisi and Lee Venamore
Fourth Official: Adrian Gillett

Live commentary of the game will be available on Ipswich Player, with live update and exclusive Town team news coming via our Club Twitter account, @Official_ITFC.

 

 

 

 


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