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Hammer mystery

Posted on 13 September 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).

Matty Etherington says it's a mystery that West Ham are propping up the Premiership - but intends to keep them there another week.

The Hammers hit rock bottom with a home defeat against newcomers West Brom during the week.

The feeling of despondency was shared at Spurs after we let a 2-0 lead and return to top spot slip as Fulham stormed back to win 3-2.

Winger Matty, in flying form, insisted: "Everyone is looking forward to West Ham. I know they haven't had the best of starts and they will be up for it with it being a London derby and needing to get points on the board.

"They've got great players and their position in the league, you wouldn't have thought that at the start of the season.

"They've got fantastic players, England players in Cole, Sinclair, James, Defoe and Carrick. But we've got off to a good start and we don't want to falter now.

"We have to put Fulham behind us and take the positives. If we do the same against West Ham and tighten up defensively as a team then I'm sure we'll get the right result."

Matty, still just 20, is naturally delighted with his own form and has been one of the bright spots in, let's not forget, what has been a fine start to the campaign.

He added: "Five starts is a big bonus for me. At the start of pre-season I wouldn't have thought that but I had a good pre-season, especially against Lazio and I think I've given the manager a nice problem.

"He's had no reason to leave me out, I feel I've played well and the manager has rewarded me.

"It's been brilliant and I just want to keep going, I know I will have to do that to stay in the team.

"I've been involved, created chance and hoppefully I'll get a few more goals as well, which I need to do.

"I feel confident. I was just hoping for a run of games. A game here, game there and it's hard to establish yourself and get the pace of playing.

"I've got five games under my belt, hopefully more to come and I'm sure I'll get better and better. You adjust to the pace of it the more you play and I feel fitter and stronger already. I just want to keep it going now."