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A pain for Matty

Posted on 9 November 2002  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Matthew Etherington considers himself a doubt for Sunday's trip to Sunderland after sustaining a foot injury in the defeat to Burnley on Wednesday.

Matty took a nasty kick to the top of his foot in the 44th minute at Turf Moor in a late challenge from full-back Dean West, who adopted an aggressive approach to dealing with the threat of the speedy winger from the beginning.

Matty attempted to carry on after the break, but was forced to make way for Darren Anderton after an hour.

"He tried to kick me a few times and I'm surprised he didn't get booked before he 'done' me," reflected Matty.

"It was disappointing to have to come off, I gave it few minutes in the second half to see if it was alright, but it wasn't and I had to come off. There was nothing I could do about it and it was a shame because I thought I was doing well in the first half.

"I felt I had the better of him and felt sharp and, as I hadn't played for a couple of weeks, I wanted to prove a point."

Matty is not the type of player to stay down after a challenge unless he is really hurt and it took a good couple of minutes for him to return to his feet after treatment.

"It was very, very sore to say the least," he added. "I was in a lot of pain and I knew, deep down, that I probably wouldn't be able to carry on."

Matty reported that, while the foot was still sore on Thursday, there was no swelling. He was set to go for a scan and doubts he will be available for Sunday.

"I would imagine so. I will have to wait and see, as it is a bit sore at the moment. I think it is a good sign that there is no swelling there."

The 21-year-old acknowledged that the team failed to 'weather the storm' in the opening stages of the second half at Turf Moor, but says disappointment must be overcome in order for the season to remain on track.

"It didn't happen for the team. They got at us in the first 15 minutes of the second half and we didn't weather the storm.

"We talked about that and we've got to put that right. We don't want the season to slip away from us - we've started very well and want to maintain that."