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Matt on track

Posted on 4 February 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 is relishing his first team involvement since he returned from a loan spell at Bradford City.

Matty featured in 13 games for the Valley Parade outfit before coming back to Spurs at the end of December. He has been a regular in the bench since and Glenn commented that Matty has 'grown in stature' since coming back.

Matty, for one, is not going to disagree with that assessment.

"Definitely," he agreed. "I've improved no end since I went to Bradford and I think I'm more than ready to play in the first team now and push on.

"It's just a case of waiting for the chance of getting two or three games under my belt over a sustained period.

"You can't do much in twenty-odd minutes so I'm just waiting for my chance really."

The Truro-born left-sided midfielder has been drafted into action as substitute in our last three games, playing the last few minutes against Ipswich, 20 against Newcastle and a full half in Saturday's defeat to Derby.

A problem that he has to contend with is, with not taking part in recent reserve games, a lack of a full game since his return.

"Exactly, I haven't had 90 minutes since Boxing Day now. It's been a long time, you're match fitness goes, but it's up to me to do what I've got to do out on the training ground to keep myself in some kind of shape.

"The reserve game against Leicester has been re-arranged for Wednesday so I'll probably get a run-out in that. I need a run to be honest, like I say, I haven't had 90 minutes for a long time. I've been getting minutes here and there, but obviously it's not the same."

Matty's time on the pitch has been in a slightly unfamiliar wing-back role - a position he is happy to adapt to.

"It's new for me the wing-back role, but it is a learning curve for me. I've got to learn that role if I want to progress so I'm more than happy playing there."

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