Etherington eyes cup redemption

Published Add your comment

Football News

Stoke's Matthew Etherington feels he has unfinished business with the FA Cup ahead of Sunday's semi-final with Bolton after his agonising near miss five years ago.

The winger was part of the West Ham side that were beaten on penalties by Liverpool following a 3-3 draw in the final at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium. When Etherington was replaced by Teddy Sheringham with five minutes remaining West Ham were on course to lift the trophy but Steven Gerrard's late equaliser sent the game into extra-time.

Looking back to that day in May 2006, he said: "It's a great build-up to a game. There is a buzz around the place. A cup final is something you look at as a kid and want to play. Steven Gerrard did what he does best. It was a disappointment on the day. It was a great final and is being talked about as being one of the best."

Etherington added: "I had just come off at 3-2 when Gerrard scored. I was lucky to play in the game because I had done my ankle the week before in training. I spent a week in an oxygen chamber and I was just grateful to play when the final came around.

"I had a hand in one of the goals and I thought we were going to do it when I came off. But Gerrard scored and it wasn't to be.


"I've always wanted to play another one and if we can beat Bolton then I hope I can do that. I have been at Cardiff for three finals, two in the play-offs and one FA Cup final, so it would be good to get to Wembley."

Stoke will also have extra motivation, Etherington conceded, thanks to the continuing criticism of their physical style of play. The 29-year-old, though, is confident Wembley's wide open spaces will play right into their hands.

"I think we are stereotyped this way and always will be," he added. "We do like to get the ball up to Kenwyne (Jones) but, if you watch us week in, week out, you will see we also play some good stuff. But it does motivate us to hear the criticism and we use it to spur us on. We know we have good players at this football club.

"We have stayed in the Premier League for the past two years and are close to doing it again, so we can't be a bad team if we can do that.

"Wembley will be good. We play with two wingers and like to get at teams and, with Kenwyne playing the way he is at the minute, we can be confident."

Copyright (c) PA Sport 2009, All Rights Reserved.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Stoke City
Premier League
Matthew Etherington
FA Cup

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again