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Posted on 23 August 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 experienced one of football's ultimate thrills on Saturday against Everton - his first Premiership goal and our first of the season.

It was hardly surprising that the nippy wide man had an extra spring in his step at Spurs Lodge after his weekend exploits, following hot on the heels of a superb first half display against Lazio.

Matty was happy to admit that the moment he levelled the scores at Goodison Park left him with a special feeling.

"To say the least, yes," smiled the 21-year-old. "I was really pleased to score and being the first goal of our season made it special.

"There was nothing in my mind but shooting. As soon as Jamie played it across to me I was going to shoot - nothing else crossed my mind, to be honest, so it's probably a good thing."

Matty confirms that the strike was certainly the finest in his recent memory, when asked if he had ever hit a better one.

"Not for a long while, no. I couldn't have picked a better time either, so it was good," he added, before admitting that he too was surprised that Everton boss David Moyes suggested keeper Richard Wright should have saved it.

"I know, that's what I was thinking. If he had saved it, it would have been a great save - put it that way. I think he's being a bit harsh on him because I did catch it really well."

Matty revealed he went through the full range of joyous emotions as he wheeled away in the direction of the travelling Spurs fans after scoring.

"It was a good moment for me and I've been waiting for that for a long time," he reflected before adding that his is a confidence player who needs to produce the goods whatever the circumstances..

"Definititely, definitely - a lot of the game is in my head really. If I'm feeling good I play good, if I'm feeling bad I play bad.

"I've got to get that out of my system if I want to keep going and progressing. It's something I've got to work on.

"I'm feeling sharp at the minute, the best I've felt for a long, long time. I've just got to keep that going and hopefully score a few more goals."

By Richard Hubbard