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Matthew Etherington

Squad Number: 11
Position: Midfielder
Born: 14th Aug 1981 (Truro)
Signed: 4th Aug 2003 (£500,000)
Contract: Details unknown
Previous Club: Tottenham

Matthew Etherington was one of Glenn Roeder's first signings following relegation from the Premiership, moving from Tottenham as part of the deal which took Freddie Kanoute the other way for an estimated £1m.

The Truro-born winger had spent four frustrating years at White Hart Lane - for whom he made just 24 competitive starts - before becoming a vital part of firstly Roeder's, then Trevor Brooking's, then Alan Pardew's team - all in the space of three months!

A good old-fashioned winger who can also be a real crowd pleaser, Etherington is determined to make his grade in the Premiership after suffering a miserable time at Tottenham.

 

2014/15 Match Notes & Ratings

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2013/14 Match Notes & Ratings

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2012/13 Match Notes & Ratings

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2011/12 Match Notes & Ratings

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2010/11 Match Notes & Ratings

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2009/10 Match Notes & Ratings

Matthew Etherington is yet to play this season.

 

2008/09 Match Notes & Ratings

2-2 v Newcastle United (a) 10th January 2009
by Gordon Thrower

(replaced) Brought some width to the match and played a part in the best of the three goals.

3-0 v Barnsley (h) 3rd January 2009
by Gordon Thrower

(replaced) Brought some width to the match and played a part in the best of the three goals.

0-0 v Portsmouth (h) 15th November 2008
by East Stand Martin

(replaced Sears, 46) Failed to take on the full back when he should have. Did so when he shouldn’t have. Ignored when he should have been fed. Played in when he shouldn’t have been. Gave the ball away too much.

0-0 v Portsmouth (h) 15th November 2008
by Gordon Thrower

(replaced Sears, 46) Failed to take on the full back when he should have. Did so when he shouldn’t have. Ignored when he should have been fed. Played in when he shouldn’t have been. Gave the ball away too much.

1-3 v Everton (h) 8th November 2008
by East Stand Martin

(replaced Boa Morte, 58) Looked lively when he came on and played a significant part in the goal. His booking was ridiculous.

1-3 v Everton (h) 8th November 2008
by Gordon Thrower

(replaced Boa Morte, 58) Looked lively when he came on and played a significant part in the goal. His booking was ridiculous.

1-1 v Middlesbrough (a) 1st November 2008
by Gordon Thrower

I know he likes the new free role but sometimes he does still need to be out wide and he needs to remember that.

1-3 v Bolton Wanderers (h) 5th October 2008
by Gordon Thrower

I know he likes the new free role but sometimes he does still need to be out wide and he needs to remember that.

2-1 v Fulham (a) 28th September 2008
by Gordon Thrower

A couple of loose touches early on apart he had a fine game. In the past when he’s been kicked by the opposition he has disappeared – something of which Konchesky seemed well aware judging by his assault. However, Etherington seemed spurred on by the treatment he received in this match and the freedom to roam the new system clearly suits him.

3-1 v Newcastle United (h) 20th September 2008
by Alex Shilling

Marked a very good performance greatly improved on last season with a goal.

3-1 v Newcastle United (h) 20th September 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Another who enjoyed a new role. It suited him and the goal was deserved.

2-3 v West Bromwich Albion (a) 13th September 2008
by East Stand Martin

(replaced Boa Morte, 79) Lucky to have a job at all following last weekend's revelations. Contributed virtually nothing.

4-1 v Blackburn Rovers (h) 30th August 2008
by East Stand Martin

Stuck to his task and got involved - as he needed to do following last week's hugely disappointing display at Eastlands.

4-1 v Blackburn Rovers (h) 30th August 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Usually disappears when taking a kick. This time Ooijer’s foul seemed to galvanize him into action.

0-3 v Manchester City (a) 24th August 2008
by Gordon Thrower

The players stayed in he same hotel as us. We were trying to work out who had had our rooms before us. My room showed no signs of anyone ever having stayed there before. There was no tell-tale sign of presence whatsoever. You’d never have known anyone had been there at all. I presume I had Etheringon’s room.

0-3 v Manchester City (a) 24th August 2008
by Alex Shilling

Has belatedly mastered the lost art among left wingers of actually closing a player down. Long may it continue. Made some good runs and used the ball well.

2-1 v Wigan Athletic (h) 16th August 2008
by Nick Bull

Lively first half but disappeared from view in the second.

2-1 v Wigan Athletic (h) 16th August 2008
by East Stand Martin

Lively first half but disappeared from view in the second.

2-1 v Wigan Athletic (h) 16th August 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Lively first half but disappeared from view in the second.

2-1 v Wigan Athletic (h) 16th August 2008
by Alex Shilling

Electrifying in first half, anonymous in second.

2-3 v MLS AllStars (n) 25th July 2008
by Graeme Howlett

Pretty disappointing first run-out for Etherington, who has only just recovered from an injury that kept him out of Sunday's win in Columbus.

 

2007/08 Match Notes & Ratings

1-1 v Birmingham City (h) 9th February 2008
by East Stand Martin

Like Bowyer had a decent first half but seemed to be bypassed in the second as we went route one.

1-1 v Birmingham City (h) 9th February 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Like Bowyer had a decent first half but seemed to be bypassed in the second as we went route one.

1-0 v Wigan Athletic (a) 2nd February 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Looked lively to start with but didn’t recover from the knock that ultimately curtailed his participation in the game.

1-0 v Liverpool (h) 30th January 2008
by East Stand Martin

He's definitely had better games this season- there were glimpses here and there, but too many errors stunted his game.

1-0 v Liverpool (h) 30th January 2008
by Gordon Thrower

He's definitely had better games this season- there were glimpses here and there, but too many errors stunted his game.

0-1 v Manchester City (a) 16th January 2008
by Jacob Steinberg

He's definitely had better games this season- there were glimpses here and there, but too many errors stunted his game.

2-1 v Fulham (h) 12th January 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Some excellent runs only let down by the final ball into the box which was all-too-often either wayward or blocked.

0-0 v Manchester City (h) 5th January 2008
by Jacob Steinberg

It was good to see him back in the team offering width. Should have scored and eventually tired.

0-0 v Manchester City (h) 5th January 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Provided an outlet on the left for Linda and gave some much-needed width to the midfield.

0-1 v Chelsea (a) 1st December 2007
by Gordon Thrower

Saw a fair bit of the ball but failed to capitalise on his possession.

1-1 v Tottenham Hotspur (h) 24th November 2007
by Gordon Thrower

Another in and out performance. A few good runs and a few blind alleys.

5-0 v Derby County (a) 10th November 2007
by Gordon Thrower

Got kicked early on with a rotten challenge from I think Oakley and he did go a bit quiet for a few minutes. However he stepped things up in the second half and thoroughly deserved his goal. Nice to see him enjoying the game a bit more this season.

5-0 v Derby County (a) 10th November 2007
by East Stand Martin

Got kicked early on with a rotten challenge from I think Oakley and he did go a bit quiet for a few minutes. However he stepped things up in the second half and thoroughly deserved his goal. Nice to see him enjoying the game a bit more this season.

1-1 v Bolton Wanderers (h) 4th November 2007
by Graeme Howlett

A solid performance, once again all the creativity came through him on the left flank.

2-1 v Coventry City (a) 30th October 2007
by Graeme Howlett

The source of all our best moves (but neither goal, strangely). Getting back to his best.

0-1 v Aston Villa (a) 6th October 2007
by Alex Shilling

Not bad. Nothing like his rampaging best that we saw at Reading a few weeks ago but got stuck in.

0-1 v Aston Villa (a) 6th October 2007
by East Stand Martin

Whipped in some good balls but too often on the periphery.

3-0 v Middlesbrough (h) 15th September 2007
by Gordon Thrower

Starved of service in the first half he came into the match a lot more in the second period culminating in his role in the third goal.

3-0 v Reading (a) 1st September 2007
by Jacob Steinberg

Well. Fantastic. Two great goals, took the full-back on, full of running. Even got a knock and got up straight away.

3-0 v Reading (a) 1st September 2007
by East Stand Martin

Two fine goals after a goal-free spell that lasted over a season. Bonehead is convinced he won’t get another this season. A pint says he will!

3-0 v Reading (a) 1st September 2007
by Gordon Thrower

Two fine goals after a goal-free spell that lasted over a season. Bonehead is convinced he won’t get another this season. A pint says he will!

1-1 v Wigan Athletic (h) 25th August 2007
by East Stand Martin

A bit in and out. Looked capable of causing problems one minute then invisible the next. Still an improvement on last season.

1-1 v Wigan Athletic (h) 25th August 2007
by Gordon Thrower

A bit in and out. Looked capable of causing problems one minute then invisible the next. Still an improvement on last season.

1-1 v Wigan Athletic (h) 25th August 2007
by Jacob Steinberg

Providing more of an outlet than last year and there were glimpses of his old self- but he didn't take on Melchiot enough.

1-0 v Birmingham City (a) 18th August 2007
by East Stand Martin

Continued on from the promising spell last week which was strangely curtailed by his shift to left-back.

1-0 v Birmingham City (a) 18th August 2007
by Gordon Thrower

Continued on from the promising spell last week which was strangely curtailed by his shift to left-back.

0-2 v Manchester City (h) 11th August 2007
by East Stand Martin

(Replaced Boa Morte, 45) I’m not his greatest fan but it looked like, if we were to get anything out of the game, it was going to come through him. So we moved him to left back and handed back the initiative to City.

0-2 v Manchester City (h) 11th August 2007
by Jacob Steinberg

(Replaced Boa Morte, 45) At least tries to take his man on and put a cross in, even if he lacks quality. But Alan, please, he is not a left-back, you buffoon.

0-2 v Manchester City (h) 11th August 2007
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Boa Morte, 45) I’m not his greatest fan but it looked like, if we were to get anything out of the game, it was going to come through him. So we moved him to left back and handed back the initiative to City.

 

2006/07 Match Notes & Ratings

1-0 v Everton (h) 21st April 2007
by East Stand Martin

A better performance from the point of view of the impressive amount of hard work put in. Even tried to take on his full back from time to time.

1-0 v Everton (h) 21st April 2007
by Gordon Thrower

A better performance from the point of view of the impressive amount of hard work put in. Even tried to take on his full back from time to time.

1-0 v Arsenal (a) 7th April 2007
by East Stand Martin

Seems to have lost the ability to beat his man, but worked hard again.

1-0 v Arsenal (a) 7th April 2007
by Graeme Howlett

Seems to have lost the ability to beat his man, but worked hard again.

2-0 v Middlesbrough (h) 31st March 2007
by Jacob Steinberg

Quiet.

2-0 v Middlesbrough (h) 31st March 2007
by Graeme Howlett

A little more lively than in recent performances but not that much end-product to boast about. His work-rate is much improved however.

2-1 v Blackburn Rovers (a) 17th March 2007
by Graeme Howlett

Although there was more effort than perhaps in recent weeks the end product is still missing. You would like to see him gamble a little more when attacking his full-back; however on second thoughts ...

2-1 v Blackburn Rovers (a) 17th March 2007
by East Stand Martin

Although there was more effort than perhaps in recent weeks the end product is still missing. You would like to see him gamble a little more when attacking his full-back; however on second thoughts ...

3-4 v Tottenham Hotspur (h) 4th March 2007
by East Stand Martin

No threat at all. The quicker Boa Morte returns the better.

0-4 v Charlton Athletic (a) 24th February 2007
by Gordon Thrower

Anonymous.

0-1 v Watford (h) 10th February 2007
by Nick Bull

Definitely better than Boa’s recent displays. Final ball was often poor. Still baffled by Curb’s decision to move him into the middle for the final minutes.

0-1 v Watford (h) 10th February 2007
by East Stand Martin

Came into the game a bit more in the second half having spent the first half stuck on the touchline screaming for the pass that never came.

0-1 v Watford (h) 10th February 2007
by Gordon Thrower

Came into the game a bit more in the second half having spent the first half stuck on the touchline screaming for the pass that never came.

0-1 v Aston Villa (a) 3rd February 2007
by East Stand Martin

(Replaced Boa Morte, 60) Comments to follow.

0-1 v Watford (h) 27th January 2007
by East Stand Martin

(Replaced Boa Morte, 77) Looked a bit lively but there was little substance to his contribution for the few minutes he was on.

0-1 v Watford (h) 27th January 2007
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Boa Morte, 77) Looked a bit lively but there was little substance to his contribution for the few minutes he was on.

2-2 v Newcastle United (a) 20th January 2007
by Nick Bull

(Replaced Cole, 73) How did he miss? Got into some great positions, yet never capitalised on them.

2-2 v Newcastle United (a) 20th January 2007
by Graeme Howlett

(Replaced Cole, 73) His only real involvement was missing a second-half sitter. His last game for West Ham?

1-2 v Portsmouth (h) 26th December 2006
by Jacob Steinberg

He needs to go. Watch me fly, he said. Hide would be more appropriate.

0-0 v Fulham (a) 23rd December 2006
by Gordon Thrower

Got up and down the left a lot but never seemed to quite have the measure of his full-back.

1-0 v Manchester United (h) 17th December 2006
by Gordon Thrower

The amount of hard work he got through on the left was amazing. Not surprisingly he looked knackered when subbed. Would have opened the scoring had he been able to head a ball!

0-2 v Everton (a) 3rd December 2006
by Nick Bull

When he gets his crossing right he will be a threat.

0-2 v Everton (a) 3rd December 2006
by Jacob Steinberg

Got into good positions but wasted too many crosses.

1-0 v Sheffield United (h) 25th November 2006
by East Stand Martin

A lot of hard work on both wings. Nice corner for the goal.

1-0 v Sheffield United (h) 25th November 2006
by Gordon Thrower

A lot of hard work on both wings. Nice corner for the goal.

0-1 v Chelsea (a) 18th November 2006
by Nick Bull

Poor with his final ball; despite this Etherington had one of his best games this season. Not afraid to go forward and take on his man.

0-1 v Chelsea (a) 18th November 2006
by Gordon Thrower

In the game a lot more though didn’t quite have the beating of his man. He’ll get more out of lesser opposition.

0-1 v Chelsea (a) 18th November 2006
by East Stand Martin

Ethers worked hard on the flank although all too often the final delivery was sub-standard.

0-1 v Chelsea (a) 18th November 2006
by Jacob Steinberg

An excellent game. Full of running and constantly caused Chelsea trouble. If anyone was going to create a goal for us today, it was Etherington. His best performance of the season.

1-0 v Arsenal (h) 6th November 2006
by East Stand Martin

We've been waiting for a performance from Etherington since the Cup Final back in May - and he certainly didn't disappoint today. His work rate was much improved - as his general fitness levels appeared to be. Unlike last week his crosses were precise and dangerous; it was no surprise that the goal arrived via his left peg.

1-0 v Arsenal (h) 6th November 2006
by Gordon Thrower

Drifted in and out a bit but did a lot of battling on and off the ball as exemplified by his part in the goal.

2-1 v Blackburn Rovers (h) 29th October 2006
by East Stand Martin

Failed to deliver one decent cross all afternoon whilst a lack of concentration almost allowed Khizanishvili in for an equaliser. Lucas Neill won't have many easier afternoons this season.

1-2 v Chesterfield (a) 24th October 2006
by Nick Bull

(Replaced Reid, 57) Struggled on the left flank following his introduction.

1-2 v Chesterfield (a) 24th October 2006
by East Stand Martin

(Replaced Reid, 57) Matty has been missing since last May. Something is seriously amiss.

0-2 v Portsmouth (a) 15th October 2006
by Gordon Thrower

Got over one half-decent cross in the second half but failed to try to repeat the exercise. Harshly conned into the book by O’Neill’s dive.

0-2 v Portsmouth (a) 15th October 2006
by Nick Bull

Very average on the left. Final delivery was notably woeful.

0-1 v Reading (h) 1st October 2006
by Nick Bull

Energetic performance, rarely a goal threat.

0-1 v Reading (h) 1st October 2006
by East Stand Martin

Although he found himself in several good positions throughout the game too often his delivery was poor. Twice in the first half he spooned crosses beyond the back post when a low drive across the rain-drenched pitch may have been a better option.

0-2 v Manchester City (a) 23rd September 2006
by Nick Bull

Very average.

0-2 v Manchester City (a) 23rd September 2006
by East Stand Martin

His crossing was wide of the mark and Richards handled him easily. One of those games spent in hiding.

0-2 v Manchester City (a) 23rd September 2006
by Jacob Steinberg

His crossing was wide of the mark and Richards handled him easily. One of those games spent in hiding.

0-2 v Newcastle United (h) 17th September 2006
by Gordon Thrower

In the bad old days it seemed that one kick at Matty would be enough to keep him out of the game. Parker made sure that this was one of the bad old days.

0-2 v Newcastle United (h) 17th September 2006
by Nick Bull

Fitness was not there before the game, and his knock early on dented that and seemingly his confidence too. Very quiet.

0-2 v Newcastle United (h) 17th September 2006
by East Stand Martin

Something has not been quite right with Matty since he returned to first team action. And why was he mainly playing in the centre of midfield in the final 20 minutes? Strange ...

0-2 v Newcastle United (h) 17th September 2006
by Jacob Steinberg

One great run which ended in a bad tackle, and from there he was non-existent and weak.

0-1 v Palermo (h) 14th September 2006
by East Stand Martin

(Replaced Bowyer, 59) Ran into too many blind alleys and the dive was not something I want to see from him.

0-1 v Palermo (h) 14th September 2006
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Bowyer, 59) Ran into too many blind alleys and the dive was not something I want to see from him.

0-1 v Palermo (h) 14th September 2006
by Nick Bull

(Replaced Bowyer, 59) Better than Sunday; still not 100%. His dive was pretty embarrassing.

1-1 v Aston Villa (h) 10th September 2006
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Bowyer, 72) His return was somewhat lost amongst all the shenanigans of the last few days. Added some much-needed width and we’re going to need that in the coming weeks.

1-1 v Aston Villa (h) 10th September 2006
by Nick Bull

(Replaced Bowyer, 72) Clearly lacking match fitness, sloppy on the ball.

 

2005/06 Match Notes & Ratings

3-3 v Liverpool (n) 13th May 2006
by Gordon Thrower

No further comments.

3-3 v Liverpool (n) 13th May 2006
by Graeme Howlett

Considering he had barely kicked a ball in the last three weeks Etherington was full of running. It was his shot that led to West Ham's second goal.

1-2 v Liverpool (h) 26th April 2006
by East Stand Martin

Top-notch in the second-half of this season, and superb again tonight.

1-0 v Middlesbrough (n) 23rd April 2006
by East Stand Martin

A few good runs formed part of an “in and out” game for Matty.

1-0 v Middlesbrough (n) 23rd April 2006
by Gordon Thrower

A few good runs formed part of an “in and out” game for Matty.

1-4 v Chelsea (a) 9th April 2006
by Gordon Thrower

Was at the heart of some of our better moments and kept trying, though the final delivery into the box was often lacking.

1-4 v Chelsea (a) 9th April 2006
by Graeme Howlett

Desperately disappointing in a game in which you would have thought he would be keen to make an impression.

0-0 v Charlton Athletic (h) 2nd April 2006
by Gordon Thrower

It was an interesting battle down our left hand side and Young certainly had his hands full.

0-1 v Manchester United (a) 29th March 2006
by Graeme Howlett

Comments to follow.

2-1 v Wigan Athletic (a) 25th March 2006
by Graeme Howlett

Comments to follow.

2-1 v Manchester City (a) 20th March 2006
by Graeme Howlett

More kidology from Pardew with the announcement at the weekend that Etherington was unfit? Who knows, but a performance full of determination and effort (at both ends of the pitch) suggested that that idea may have legs.

2-1 v Bolton Wanderers (h) 15th March 2006
by Richard Osborne

Sven? Sven?

2-1 v Bolton Wanderers (h) 15th March 2006
by Graeme Howlett

Superb performace full of drive and passion from Ethers - although you wouldn't have backed him when he squared up against Nolan.

1-4 v Bolton Wanderers (a) 11th March 2006
by Graeme Howlett

Set up our only goal. For much of the game Bolton were very effective in denying him space or run or really do anything. I think Etherington was in bad form, this was the type of game where he might not have done anything. But was involved throughout the game and did provide an outlet when we weren’t booting the ball long. Not his best.

2-2 v Everton (h) 4th March 2006
by Gordon Thrower

Goodish first half. Just about non-existent second half.

2-2 v Everton (h) 4th March 2006
by Richard Osborne

Sven? Sven?

0-0 v Bolton Wanderers (a) 18th February 2006
by Graeme Howlett

A quiet first half, inspired after the break. Everything West Ham created came through or involved Etherington. Excellent performance.

3-0 v Birmingham City (h) 13th February 2006
by Gordon Thrower

Another who continues to improve – in Matty’s case he had an indifferent start to the season but little by little he’s pulled it back.

3-0 v Birmingham City (h) 13th February 2006
by Graeme Howlett

Used as the main outlet for West Ham's forays into opposition territory, it was another bustling energetic performance from the tricky winger.

2-0 v Sunderland (h) 4th February 2006
by Gordon Thrower

Having a much better second half of the season than he did the first. Confidence is up at the moment.

2-0 v Sunderland (h) 4th February 2006
by East Stand Martin

Having a much better second half of the season than he did the first. Confidence is up at the moment.

3-2 v Arsenal (a) 1st February 2006
by Gordon Thrower

Another whose attacking instincts were sacrificed by the need for defensive solidity. That he was able to pop up at the end for the vital goal was an added bonus.

4-2 v Blackburn Rovers (h) 28th January 2006
by East Stand Martin

Probably his best run out of the season. As his confidence grew during the match he became more and more adventurous – the goal gave him a big boost as well.

4-2 v Blackburn Rovers (h) 28th January 2006
by Gordon Thrower

Probably his best run out of the season. As his confidence grew during the match he became more and more adventurous – the goal gave him a big boost as well.

2-1 v Fulham (h) 23rd January 2006
by Gordon Thrower

Patchy – but not given much service in the second half when we were under the cosh a bit.

2-1 v Aston Villa (a) 14th January 2006
by Gordon Thrower

Looked quite dangerous when going forward but really ought to have put us one up early on.

2-1 v Aston Villa (a) 14th January 2006
by East Stand Martin

Comments to follow.

2-1 v Norwich City (a) 7th January 2006
by East Stand Martin

Comments to follow.

1-3 v Chelsea (h) 2nd January 2006
by Graeme Howlett

Comments to follow.

0-2 v Charlton Athletic (a) 31st December 2005
by East Stand Martin

Comments to follow.

0-2 v Wigan Athletic (h) 31st December 2005
by Graeme Howlett

Comments to follow.

1-1 v Portsmouth (a) 26th December 2005
by Richard Osborne

Came out in the second half with his ankle strapped. No matter he created havoc on their right flank.

2-4 v Newcastle United (h) 17th December 2005
by Gordon Thrower

More lively than earlier in the season. Talk of an England call up is far-fetched but he does continue to improve.

2-1 v Everton (a) 14th December 2005
by Graeme Howlett

Comments to follow.

2-3 v Blackburn Rovers (a) 10th December 2005
by East Stand Martin

Comments to follow.

2-1 v Birmingham City (a) 5th December 2005
by Graeme Howlett

Comments to follow.

1-2 v Manchester United (h) 27th November 2005
by East Stand Martin

Brilliant in patches - such as when he provided the sublime pass for our goal - yet anonymous at times. The good news is that he lasted the full 90 and was still pushing on towards the end.

1-1 v Tottenham Hotspur (a) 20th November 2005
by East Stand Martin

This match summed up Etherington’s season in a nutshell. There were times he harried and hassled and looked good going forward. Then there were other spells when he looked almost disinterested. Thankfully on this occasion the good spells narrowly outnumbered the poor.

1-1 v Tottenham Hotspur (a) 20th November 2005
by Gordon Thrower

This match summed up Etherington’s season in a nutshell. There were times he harried and hassled and looked good going forward. Then there were other spells when he looked almost disinterested. Thankfully on this occasion the good spells narrowly outnumbered the poor.

1-0 v West Bromwich Albion (h) 5th November 2005
by East Stand Martin

A bright start but faded as the match wore on until disappearing from view in the second half.

1-0 v West Bromwich Albion (h) 5th November 2005
by Gordon Thrower

A bright start but faded as the match wore on until disappearing from view in the second half.

0-2 v Liverpool (a) 31st October 2005
by East Stand Martin

Half-hearted, uncommited and looked like he'd rather have been elsewhere. Rightly hauled off - again.

0-2 v Liverpool (a) 31st October 2005
by Graeme Howlett

Half-hearted, uncommited and looked like he'd rather have been elsewhere. Rightly hauled off - again.

2-1 v Middlesbrough (h) 23rd October 2005
by Gordon Thrower

When he was good he was excellent but he did seem to disappear for long stretches at a time and he displayed an occasional tendency to let things happen around him rather than getting involved.

2-1 v Middlesbrough (h) 23rd October 2005
by Adam Leatherbarrow

His link-up play with Konchesky on the left was good but it still wasn't the same Matty that we saw last season.

1-2 v Manchester City (a) 16th October 2005
by Gordon Thrower

A couple of teasing crosses in the first half and the run early in the second that forced a save out of James and that basically was it. May be looking at a rest on current form.

1-2 v Manchester City (a) 16th October 2005
by East Stand Martin

Off par all season and despite one or two glimpses of his pace and crossing prowess, today was little different. A spell on the bench may beckon should he not buck up his ideas.

1-1 v Sunderland (a) 1st October 2005
by Gordon Thrower

Of late when he hasn’t been giving the opposition a hard time he has at least been putting in the effort defensively, However he was largely anonymous both in defence and attack. Worrying.

1-1 v Sunderland (a) 1st October 2005
by Greg Mansell

When will last year’s Matthew Etherington show up? It’s been widely acknowledged that Etherington has not started this season particularly well but this was the worst yet and was completely bereft of attacking influence. Must be tempting Pardew to drop him for Newton and stick Benayoun on the left.

1-1 v Sunderland (a) 1st October 2005
by Graeme Howlett

Failed to beat his marker on a single occasion and rarely threatened the Sunderland back line. Looking back on my match notes his first mention is when being replaced by Shaun Newton on the hour. Which says it all.

0-0 v Arsenal (h) 24th September 2005
by East Stand Martin

Rarely got at his full back in the manner to which we have become accustomed and again faded towards the end.

0-0 v Arsenal (h) 24th September 2005
by Greg Mansell

Slightly disappointing, much like his start to this season. So often in the Championship, we would turn to Matty to instigate our attacks – but those barn-storming raids down the left have yet to truly grace the Premiership.

0-0 v Arsenal (h) 24th September 2005
by Gordon Thrower

Matty got through a major amount of work. Not as eye-catching as he can be going forward but nevertheless caused the odd problem going forward on occasion.

0-0 v Arsenal (h) 24th September 2005
by Graeme Howlett

Rarely got at his full back in the manner to which we have become accustomed and again faded towards the end.

2-1 v Fulham (a) 17th September 2005
by Gordon Thrower

Occasionally good going forward he seemed reluctant to take players on and he left Konchesky exposed on a number of occasions.

2-1 v Fulham (a) 17th September 2005
by Graeme Howlett

A fantastic first 45, Etherington gave Volz a torrid time on the left-hand side. But he faded after the break and picked his forays forward somewhat more carefully. Getting up to full fitness but not quite there yet.

4-0 v Aston Villa (h) 12th September 2005
by Gordon Thrower

Drifted in and out a bit but looked dangerous every time he was in the game. Was apparently disappointed to have been replaced following a minor knock.

1-2 v Bolton Wanderers (h) 27th August 2005
by East Stand Martin

I described him as being “out of sorts” to my neighbour at half time. This was a more accurate description than I realised at the time as he was, apparently, ill. It showed.

1-2 v Bolton Wanderers (h) 27th August 2005
by Gordon Thrower

I described him as being “out of sorts” to my neighbour at half time. This was a more accurate description than I realised at the time as he was, apparently, ill. It showed.

0-0 v Newcastle United (a) 20th August 2005
by Gordon Thrower

Looked threatening going forward and knuckled down well when Gallagher forced us onto the back foot.

0-0 v Newcastle United (a) 20th August 2005
by East Stand Martin

Quiter than last week but always a useful outlet for the likes of Konchesky to use. Still looking tricky despite having made the step up to the big league.

3-1 v Blackburn Rovers (h) 13th August 2005
by David P Lewis

Another who played in spells. Seemed a little overawed in the first half. Less so in the second when he set up a number of decent chances. Enjoyed the goal didn’t he!

3-1 v Blackburn Rovers (h) 13th August 2005
by East Stand Martin

Another who played in spells. Seemed a little overawed in the first half. Less so in the second when he set up a number of decent chances. Enjoyed the goal didn’t he!

3-1 v Blackburn Rovers (h) 13th August 2005
by Gordon Thrower

Another who played in spells. Seemed a little overawed in the first half. Less so in the second when he set up a number of decent chances. Enjoyed the goal didn’t he!

 

2004/05 Match Notes & Ratings

1-0 v Preston North End (n) 30th May 2005
by Gordon Thrower

As ever this season he drifted in and out of the game but when he was in he always looked dangerous. Clever cut back for the goal and there was some good link-up play with Zamora throughout.

1-0 v Preston North End (n) 30th May 2005
by East Stand Martin

Preston stuck Mawene at right-back to nullify Etherington's threat - and until the 57th minute he did so admirably. But yet again Matty was there when it counted - and that was enough to see us through.

2-0 v Ipswich Town (a) 18th May 2005
by East Stand Martin

Targeted yet again by the Ipswich hatchet men, but definitely got the better of them despite one or two very dodgy tackles. Like the team, Matty is hitting form at exactly the right moment.

2-2 v Ipswich Town (h) 14th May 2005
by Graeme Howlett

All the Sunday papers gave Etherington man of the match - I can only think they must have gone home at half time. Yet again we have 45 excellent minutes from Etherington, yet again he disappeared after the break. Involved heavily in both goals before becoming victim of Ipswich's dirty tactics.

2-2 v Ipswich Town (h) 14th May 2005
by East Stand Martin

All the Sunday papers gave Etherington man of the match - I can only think they must have gone home at half time. Yet again we have 45 excellent minutes from Etherington, yet again he disappeared after the break. Involved heavily in both goals before becoming victim of Ipswich's dirty tactics.

2-1 v Watford (a) 8th May 2005
by East Stand Martin

Comments to follow.

1-2 v Sunderland (h) 29th April 2005
by Gordon Thrower

Good first half performance but injury curtailed his participation in the second half.

2-2 v Brighton & Hove Albion (a) 23rd April 2005
by Gordon Thrower

Apart from the cross that led to the goal, and a miss-hit effort that worried the ‘keeper he failed to trouble Brighton. Perplexing, especially in view of his apparent return to form a few weeks back.

1-0 v Stoke City (a) 19th April 2005
by East Stand Martin

Disappointing – a couple of runs including a break from a corner apart he was largely anonymous.

1-0 v Stoke City (a) 19th April 2005
by Gordon Thrower

Disappointing – a couple of runs including a break from a corner apart he was largely anonymous.

1-1 v Millwall (h) 16th April 2005
by Gordon Thrower

Like Newton, there were times in the first half when Matty looked really up for it. This spell culminated in his part in the goal. Quite where he disappeared to in the second half though is anyone’s guess.

1-1 v Millwall (h) 16th April 2005
by East Stand Martin

Possibly the single-most disappointing performance from a West Ham player this year. Given back his first team spot after a good effort against Coventry this week, Etherington was way off the pace, slow to react, and some of his challenges (especially the 'attempt' at the far post header in the second half) were laughable. Quite simply needs a good kick up the arse (and maybe a few early nights).

3-0 v Coventry City (h) 9th April 2005
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Mullins, 45) The aliens who kidnapped last season’s HOTY and replaced him with some sort of inferior space clone have returned the original. Without a doubt this was his best 45 of the season and I just hope he can keep this form going over the last few matches.

3-0 v Coventry City (h) 9th April 2005
by East Stand Martin

(Replaced Mullins, 45) Took a while to get into the game but his contribution to all three goals will not have gone unnoticed.

1-0 v Burnley (a) 5th April 2005
by East Stand Martin

(Replaced Noble, 76) No comment.

1-1 v Crewe Alexandra (h) 15th March 2005
by East Stand Martin

A bit of a shame this one. For the first time in ages it seemed that Matty had the confidence to take on his defender – and he was meeting with some success until he went and twisted his knee.

1-1 v Crewe Alexandra (h) 15th March 2005
by Gordon Thrower

A bit of a shame this one. For the first time in ages it seemed that Matty had the confidence to take on his defender – and he was meeting with some success until he went and twisted his knee.

1-3 v Reading (a) 12th March 2005
by East Stand Martin

Kept disappearing inside which, apart from taking him into already overcrowded territory, meant that Powell had to sling in aimless crosses from deep.

1-3 v Reading (a) 12th March 2005
by Gordon Thrower

Kept disappearing inside which, apart from taking him into already overcrowded territory, meant that Powell had to sling in aimless crosses from deep.

1-2 v Preston North End (h) 5th March 2005
by Gordon Thrower

A couple of early runs aside, he was missing in action for much of this game. Needed to track back much more when we went down to ten men. Didn’t do so.

1-2 v Preston North End (h) 5th March 2005
by East Stand Martin

Totally uninterested. Very disappointing from someone who looked like he could be pushing for an England spot not so long ago.

1-0 v Gillingham (a) 22nd February 2005
by Gordon Thrower

Not really match fit, tactics meant that he was largely by-passed - though the cross for the goal gave a tantalising glimpse of better days.

0-2 v Sheffield United (h) 3rd January 2005
by Gordon Thrower

Groin injury or 'flu-whatever the reason he was anonymous during the 45 minutes he was on.

2-0 v Ipswich Town (a) 1st January 2005
by Richard Osborne

Is on his way back. Looks like the key hole surgery has more recovery time than we thought.

2-0 v Ipswich Town (a) 1st January 2005
by Gordon Thrower

This was a good performance. Not in the attacking way that we have come to expect from Matty though. This was a game that demanded the midfield should do a lot of tracking back, something that hasn't been his strong point in the past. Today he did his share. Poacher's goal too.

2-2 v Rotherham United (a) 28th December 2004
by Sicknote

Nowhere near the player he was last season, offered very little today.

2-2 v Rotherham United (a) 28th December 2004
by Graeme Howlett

A mixed performance. He kept disappearing into the middle of the pitch rather than staying out on the wing, and we lost the width we needed to get a cross in. An "on and off" performance.

3-2 v Nottingham Forest (h) 26th December 2004
by Graeme Howlett

Another good start, although he fell way off the pace as the game wore on. He will never score a luckier goal than today - but, as the saying goes, you've got to be there to score them.

1-2 v Preston North End (a) 18th December 2004
by KUMB

Comments to follow.

1-1 v Leeds United (h) 10th December 2004
by East Stand Martin

Given the MOTM bubbly by Sky, a decision I found somewhat strange. In a game that lacked width he was often to be found playing inside, which was a shame because when he did move out to the wing he had some effective moments, mixing wide play with the occasional cut inside.

1-1 v Leeds United (h) 10th December 2004
by Gordon Thrower

Given the MOTM bubbly by Sky, a decision I found somewhat strange. In a game that lacked width he was often to be found playing inside, which was a shame because when he did move out to the wing he had some effective moments, mixing wide play with the occasional cut inside.

2-0 v Sunderland (a) 4th December 2004
by Matthew O'Greel

Comments to follow.

3-2 v Watford (h) 27th November 2004
by East Stand Martin

A better match. There were some signs of some good link play with Rebrov in the middle that could prove interesting in future months if the Ukranian gets a run in the side up front

3-2 v Watford (h) 27th November 2004
by Gordon Thrower

A better match. There were some signs of some good link play with Rebrov in the middle that could prove interesting in future months if the Ukranian gets a run in the side up front

0-1 v Millwall (a) 21st November 2004
by Matthew O'Greel

"Lightweight who doesn't turn up the big games" I said a long time ago. I'm saying the same here. Visibly bottled a few challenges in the first half - unlike his teammate on the right side of midfield.

0-1 v Brighton & Hove Albion (h) 13th November 2004
by Gordon Thrower

Still not the Matty of last season but I thought he was playing well before his premature exit.

0-1 v Brighton & Hove Albion (h) 13th November 2004
by East Stand Martin

Comments to follow.

2-1 v QPR (h) 6th November 2004
by Sean Newman

Delivery was poor from Ethers today but once again he ran tirelessly for the team. Good game.

2-1 v QPR (h) 6th November 2004
by Gordon Thrower

Whilst still not back to the heights of his form of the second half of last season, he had a fair game and caused the full back a number of problems. I still think he needs to mix his runs a little more though. Was on the receiving end of a crude lunge from Simek.

2-1 v QPR (h) 6th November 2004
by [HH]

His delivery let him down at times. From corners and from crosses in free-play. He worked hard though, although his defensive duties from throw-ins I questioned more than once. Something doesn't seem right, and I am worried. Whether he be short of fitness, or whether he is carrying a knock I don't know. It's not the Etherington I saw last season.

1-4 v Cardiff City (a) 2nd November 2004
by Matthew O'Greel

Didn't see much of the ball, and when he did he more often than not gave it away.

1-1 v Plymouth Argyle (a) 31st October 2004
by Gordon Thrower

Made a few good runs – one in the second half ended up with him being unceremoniously upended.

1-1 v Plymouth Argyle (a) 30th October 2004
by East Stand Martin

Comments to follow.

0-1 v Chelsea (a) 27th October 2004
by Gordon Thrower

Excellent going forward he did his fair share of the tracking back when required as well – as epitomised by one 40 yard run to get in a tackle.

0-1 v Chelsea (a) 27th October 2004
by East Stand Martin

Excellent going forward he did his fair share of the tracking back when required as well – as epitomised by one 40 yard run to get in a tackle.

3-1 v Gillingham (h) 23rd October 2004
by Gordon Thrower

Was a constant worry to Gillingham until injury caught up with him in the second half.

3-1 v Gillingham (h) 23rd October 2004
by East Stand Martin

Was a constant worry to Gillingham until injury caught up with him in the second half.

2-0 v Stoke City (h) 19th October 2004
by Gordon Thrower

Was beginning to come into the game when his foot injury curtailed his evening.

2-0 v Stoke City (h) 19th October 2004
by East Stand Martin

Looked pretty sharp until he got crocked.

1-0 v Wolves (h) 2nd October 2004
by Gordon Thrower

Had some sharp moments but his game was hampered by a groin problem that led to his half-time substitution.

1-0 v Wolves (h) 2nd October 2004
by East Stand Martin

According to Hatter, was taking off at half-time due to him struggling before the match. In the forty-five minutes he featured though, he seemed to play well. Especially on counter attacks, and played several good balls. Beating his man at times as he entered the box, however, closed down quickly upon entry, and a chance was squandered. Looked good whilst he was on.

1-0 v Wolves (h) 2nd October 2004
by [HH]

According to Hatter, was taking off at half-time due to him struggling before the match. In the forty-five minutes he featured though, he seemed to play well. Especially on counter attacks, and played several good balls. Beating his man at times as he entered the box, however, closed down quickly upon entry, and a chance was squandered. Looked good whilst he was on.

1-1 v Derby County (a) 29th September 2004
by East Stand Martin

What can I say ... he's back. (and not just for the goal).

1-1 v Derby County (a) 29th September 2004
by Richard Osborne

What can I say ... he's back. (and not just for the goal).

1-2 v Nottingham Forest (a) 26th September 2004
by Graeme Howlett

Better. Put Forest under lots of pressure, and our goal was all down to his persistence.

3-2 v Notts County (h) 21st September 2004
by Richard Osborne

The odd nice run, was nice to see him inside now and again.

3-2 v Notts County (h) 21st September 2004
by Gordon Thrower

Got into the game more once we stopped aiming balls at a spot some ten yards over his head. Could still benefit from cutting inside his full back once in a while or taking a more direct route to goal.

3-2 v Notts County (h) 21st September 2004
by East Stand Martin

Got into the game more once we stopped aiming balls at a spot some ten yards over his head. Could still benefit from cutting inside his full back once in a while or taking a more direct route to goal.

1-1 v Ipswich Town (h) 18th September 2004
by Gordon Thrower

Showed a little bit more of the spark of last season, though I'd like to see him vary things by cutting inside occasionally.

1-1 v Ipswich Town (h) 18th September 2004
by East Stand Martin

Today we saw glimpses of the Ethers of last season - which was perhaps a little strange as of all the teams we have met recently, Ipswich have been the one who have constantly 'doubled up' on the winger in the past. However today he was given far more freedom to roam, whilst his delivery from the flanks was pretty much perfect.

1-0 v Rotherham United (h) 14th September 2004
by East Stand Martin

In the first half he had a few runs and there were a few signs of the Matty of last season. However he was AWOL for most of the second half with the exception of the goal which he took with a marvellous strike.

1-0 v Rotherham United (h) 14th September 2004
by Gordon Thrower

In the first half he had a few runs and there were a few signs of the Matty of last season. However he was AWOL for most of the second half with the exception of the goal which he took with a marvellous strike.

2-1 v Sheffield United (a) 11th September 2004
by Gordon Thrower

A little better this week but still well short of the heights he reached last season.

2-1 v Sheffield United (a) 11th September 2004
by Richard Osborne

Looked puffed out after five minutes, still not convinced he is fully recovered from injury. Ever lively, ever exciting. Was crowded out today though.

2-1 v Sheffield United (a) 11th September 2004
by East Stand Martin

Wasn't impressed really. A few good bursts but currently failing to recapture the form of last season.

1-2 v Coventry City (a) 30th August 2004
by Matt Helm

Poor.

1-2 v Coventry City (a) 30th August 2004
by East Stand Martin

Slow start to the season again for Matty. I think he is definitely being targeted by clubs as West Ham's main threat, as he seems to have someone shadowing him most of the game (and gets hacked down at any opportunity). Needs to be a little less predictable. Took set pieces well.

1-0 v Burnley (h) 28th August 2004
by East Stand Martin

Had a busy match but still not up to the standards he set last year. Caused his marker problems but didn't vary his approach enough in my opinion.

1-0 v Burnley (h) 28th August 2004
by Gordon Thrower

Had a busy match but still not up to the standards he set last year. Caused his marker problems but didn't vary his approach enough in my opinion.

3-2 v Crewe Alexandra (a) 21st August 2004
by Gordon Thrower

Similar game to Chadwick in many respects – provided a goal for Teddy and ought to have got one himself. Replaced late on by Cohen.

3-2 v Crewe Alexandra (a) 21st August 2004
by Nic Stoke

Welcome back to the real Matty Etherington. Effective on the flank and caused trouble for Crewe all game.

3-2 v Crewe Alexandra (a) 21st August 2004
by East Stand Martin

Same old Matty really; he needs to be a little less predictable. Put in some quality crosses and once again didn't stop running.

1-3 v Wigan Athletic (h) 15th August 2004
by East Stand Martin

Looked a bit livelier than of late but has still to recapture the form that brought him a clutch of player of the year awards last season.

1-3 v Wigan Athletic (h) 15th August 2004
by Gordon Thrower

Looked a bit livelier than of late but has still to recapture the form that brought him a clutch of player of the year awards last season.

1-0 v Reading (h) 10th August 2004
by Nick Homer

Shackled by Reading who clearly saw him as a massive threat. Lacking a little match sharpness.

1-0 v Reading (h) 10th August 2004
by Richard Osborne

Marked out of the game. Full of running but to no avail at best. Great on the break though.

1-0 v Reading (h) 10th August 2004
by Gordon Thrower

A lot of hard work but, as on Saturday, expended a lot of energy in running into blind alleys. Needs to vary his runs a bit.

0-0 v Leicester City (a) 7th August 2004
by Gordon Thrower

Showed a fair bit of confidence if little nous in continually attempting to take his marker on the outside, which resulted in a fair few arrivals at the end of blind alleys.

0-0 v Leicester City (a) 7th August 2004
by Sicknote

Not one of Matty's best games but he still caused Leicester a lot of problems. Didn't get too many crosses in, but had a decent looping shot fly narrowly wide of the post in the second half.

0-0 v Leicester City (a) 7th August 2004
by Nick Homer

Toiled hard down the left and linked well with Rufus when the opportunity arose.

1-1 v Peterborough (a) 24th July 2004
by Gordon Thrower

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