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Simon's joy, Matt's agony

Posted on 8 August 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

Tuesday is a big night for Simon Davies and Matthew Etherington - or at least it was until Etherington damaged his ankle on Saturday.

That means our young winger will miss out on his return to Peterborough United, the club where he made his debut as a 15-year-old before eventually being snapped up by Spurs in January.

At least midfielder Davies is available and he looks likely to play some part after an excellent 45 minutes at QPR on Saturday. The Official Spurs Website caught up with the pair last week - before Etherington's injury - and asked how they felt about going back to where it all started.

Official Spurs Website: It must mean a lot to you to have a chance of playing at Peterborough again.

Simon Davies: "Just to be involved or on the bench would be fantastic for both of us. We had great times at Peterborough and to go back and play at London Road would be excellent."

Matthew Etherington: "We were both there from the age of 13 so we owe a lot to the club and it would great to go back. If we are in the squad it would be nice to play some part. It would be a big occasion for us."

How big a part did Peterborough play in you both becoming Premiership footballers?

ME: "They played a massive part. I was there when I was 13-years-old, went through the youth ranks, made my debut at 15 and I owe a lot to the club."

SD: "We owe so much to the club. They gave us our first chance of first team football and we got picked up by Spurs after that. We owe them everything really."

Kit Carson played a big part in your careers but Barry Fry gave you your chance. You must think highly of him.

SD: "Definitely. Kit gave us our chance initially by giving us YTS contracts and Barry then awarded us with professional contracts. He also gave us our debuts and had enough faith in us to play us in the first team."

ME: "Barry has been brilliant to myself and Simon. He couldn't have done enough for us. We owe a lot to him."

Is it fair to say you wouldn't be where you are now if it wasn't for him?

ME: "Definitely. From my point of view he gave me my debut as a 15-year-old and had faith in me. It went on from there and I improved as a player and now I'm at Spurs."

Are you still in touch with the boys at Posh?

ME: "We keep in touch with the lads mostly from our age groups, go up there, see them when we can and have a good laugh."

How has pre-season gone so far for the pair of you?

SD: "Obviously I had a hand injury which I thought was going to be a real setback but I've been playing and working my way into games with the reserves and it's getting stronger and stronger all the time."

ME: "I've been pleased to have a few chances with the first team and I need to carry that on. When I get my chance I have to show what I can do."

Simon, you must want to get back into the first team as soon as possible.

SD: "I just have to wait patiently and take my chance when I can."

And Matthew, David Ginola has gone, are you going to be the one to step into his boots?

ME: "It is a bit of a task but I don't necessarily think I'll be the one to replace him. I'm only 18-years-old so I don't think I'm the ready-made replacement just yet."