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Posted on 11 October 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 is currently the second in the dribbling charts in the Premiership according to Opta Index - he says it's all about confidence.

Our wing wizard has burst down the left side 79 times in the Premiership this season - just three less than Arsenal's Thierry Henry and full 20-plus ahead of his wing rivals including the likes of Ryan Giggs and Blackburn's Damian Duff.

Matty pointed out: "When I get the ball I like to go at opponents and it's nice to be up there.

"A lot is down to confidence and you can't be afraid to make mistakes. You only learn from mistakes and I'm not afraid to make them.

"I feel I'm getting better and better with every game but the fans haven't seen the best of me yet, that's for sure. I'll keep going, keep getting fitter and stronger the confidence will come in getting used to playing week in, week out in the Premier League.

"The fans like attacking players. Ginola used to do it brilliantly and if I can be liked half as much as he was then I'll be more than happy."

Here are the stats from Opta Index...

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PlayerTeamDribblesSuccess Rate
EtheringtonTottenham Hotspur7951.9%
RobertsWest Bromwich Albion6241.9%
GiggsManchester United5966.1%
DuffBlackburn Rovers5673.2%
Wright-PhillipsManchester City5552.7%