Pulis impressed by Matt finish

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Stoke manager Tony Pulis believes Matthew Etherington has overcome his personal problems and can help his side win their fight for Barclays Premier League survival.

Etherington, who moved to the midlands after his well-publicised gambling problems made life in London difficult, soon blotted his copy book at Stoke. The winger was sent off at Sunderland in only his fifth appearance for the club and Stoke, who were on level terms at the time, went on to lose the game.

He then served a three-match suspension, but has since bounced back and Pulis said: "Matty was outstanding at West Brom last weekend, especially in the first half. He's quick, he works his socks off and he's got a great left foot. I'm very pleased with what Matty is giving us."

He added: "When players come up from London you never know if they are going to settle or not, but Matty is proving a really good signing."

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