Friday, 1 May 2009
Thanks for the Mattyemories
I hope the guy has a mare tomorrow but I would like to take this opportunity to thank Etherington for his efforts whilst at the club. I know he had his problems, with many of them centred on a gambling addiction, but most of my memories of Matty are fond ones.
In total, Etherington started 177 games for us, coming on another 18 times as a substitute. I think we always knew that he was just that little bit short of true Premiership class, lacking that half a yard of pace to discomfort the best right backs, but I, for one, was desperate for him to succeed, if only to prove Tottenham wrong. Had we won that Cup Final, with Sherringham, Etherington, Konchesky and Zamora playing a part, we could have rammed those feeder team taunts well and truly down the Cockyfools' throats.
We will all have different memories of Etherington but his greatest single moment was unquestionably when he crashed home that beauty against Ipswich in that play off semifinal. Of course, Matty managed two in the two semifinals against Ipswich, proving his ability to deliver in pressure games. And remember, Ashton's goal in The Final followed an Etherington shot which Reinna spilled.
His best performance? For me, it was in the 3-0 victory away to Reading, when he bagged two goals. Coppell referred to our counter attacking as "breathtaking" after the game, and Etherington was the hub of that performance. And for a while, after the arrival of Zola, it looked as if Matty was going to be a key player in the new era but sadly, after flattering to deceive, Etherington slipped out of the manager's plans.
During Pardew's glorious first season in the Prem, Etherington looked the dog's danglers but sadly, like others, he suffered from second season syndrome once opposing defenders got his measure. He remains a good squad player and he would have been very useful following the injury to Collison. Etherington or Boa-Morte? No contest in my opinion, I would have Matty every time!
I wish Matty well but I hope he has his money on a Stoke victory tomorrow - that, more than anything else, would guarantee us the three points!
Posted by Hammersfan at 16:25