Matty on his poor form

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  1. sgtpotterslonelyheartsclubband

    Jan 28, 2011
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    Stoke City winger Matthew Etherington is confident of finding his best form after admitting he has turned in some "indifferent" performances this season.
    "I'll be the first to admit that my form hasn't been as good as the last two seasons," he told BBC Radio Stoke .
    "I've had some indifferent performances where I haven't done myself justice and I've had some good performances.
    "Hopefully now, with some big games coming up, I can step up to the mark and put in some big displays."

    The 30-year-old has started 27 games in all competitions for the Potters this season, with his only two goals of the campaign coming in the same game - a 2-1 win over Tottenham at the Britannia Stadium in December .
    Etherington believes the position he plays may have made his dip in form more evident to supporters.
    "It's frustrating as a winger sometimes," said the former West Ham wideman. "I know, first and foremost, that some of my performances haven't been good enough.
    "It happens in every team, every winger gets it, that you don't get the ball as much as you want.
    "Sometimes it's nothing to do with your team-mates or anyone around you. It's just to do with the way the game is going and you're a bit isolated out there sometimes."
    Etherington, who has recovered from illness in time to be considered for the trip to Fulham on Saturday, has described February as a "pivotal month" for Stoke.
    Tony Pulis's side are battling for a top-half finish in the Premier League and are still involved in two cup competitions.
    The Potters are due to face League Two side Crawley in the fifth round of the FA Cup and also have an exciting Europa League tie against Spanish side Valencia to look forward to.
    "We've got some big games coming up and it looks to be a pivotal month," added Etherington.
    "Going into March, we could still be in the FA Cup and the Europa League, and hopefully we'll be pushing on in the league. We've got it all to play for."
  2. THe Mighty Huth Rocks

    Mar 23, 2011
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    Pity they dont interview the WHOLE SQUAD, see how many others believe they have been off form, or whether most of them believe it's down to the managers tactics?
  3. Pottermouth 328

    Pottermouth 328 Well-Known Member

    Jan 30, 2011
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    I'll go with the Manager's tactic's Mighty Huth <ok> Both he and Pennant spend too much time in our half. That can not be right imho. ATTACK fullbacks is what I thought wingers were supposed to do. Is that what Matty is trying to say? could be and it's rumoured both he and Pennant have had words with Tony about " our style of play"

    If I was Ether's and Pennant I would STAND on the half way line and WAIT for someone to give ME the ball and make runs forwards with it. NOT sideways, backwards which, I've noticed for weeks now. Which means our midfeild is erm well, not doing what it's supposed to be doing. We don't keep the ball long enough. Where have I said that before.. <doh>
  4. Smithers

    Smithers Well-Known Member
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    Feb 1, 2011
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    His form is poor because he is not utilised properly and we forget he is no young chap anymore! I would give TP more credit if he set up and played them as wing backs with 3 centre backs!

    Last time Delap was interviewed he said he couldnt believe the amount of games he was playing???????????????????????????????????????????????????/

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