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Matt's moment

Posted on 6 February 2002  - 12:00

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There comes a moment in every young footballer's career when they feel they've 'arrived' - Matthew Etherington must finally feel like that today.

Just over two years after joining us from Peterborough United and with a two-month loan spell at Bradford City under his belt, the young winger showed exactly what he's all about in our FA Cup triumph against Bolton on Wednesday night.

Still only 20, Matt was handed his first start of the season by Glenn Hoddle and grasped his chance with both hands.

He ran at Bolton from the first minute, his pace and direct style caused all sorts of problems throughout and he capped it all with his first goal for the club.

Much like Ledley King and Alton Thelwell against Liverpool last season, Gary Doherty's back-to-back goals last January or Simon Davies' two-goal strike against Stockport County in the FA Cup this time last year, it could be a defining moment in the winger's career at the Lane.

A beaming Matt declared: "It's been a long wait. I've been here two years now, it's been a bit up and down but I think I'm coming on now.

"I've waited for my chance, 90 minutes to show what I can do. I've always said to myself that I could play at this level and I think I proved that tonight.

"I needed a performance like that. Whenever I got the ball I tried to be positive, to lift the crowd and I was pleased with how it went.

"I was confident before the game that I could do well and do a job. I scored as well, it was great to get off the mark and it couldn't have gone much better."

Matt played 13 games for Bradford before returning just before New Year. He agrees with the manager's sentiments that he has come back from his loan spell a better player.

"I thought I did well at Bradford and definitely came back fitter and stronger for it," he said.

"I've done well in training and I've just got to show to the manager that I'm part of his plans and good enough to play in this great side."

Naturally, Matt hopes that involvement stretches to the Worthington Cup Final in just over a fortnight's time - he certainly believes there is plenty more in his locker.

He added: "I want to be involved in the final, without a doubt.

"If I get a chance now hopefully I'll keep improving and improving.

"I know I've got much more in me to come and that I can do much better than I did against Bolton.

"Even though I did well I know there is more to come and that will follow with games. If I keep my place and stay involved hopefully I'll keep improving."

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