Etherington likes competition

Matthew Etherington says he is delighted with the added competition at Stoke City this season.

Last Updated: 21/09/13 at 14:36 Post Comment

Matthew Etherington: Happy with competition at Stoke

Matthew Etherington: Happy with competition at Stoke

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The 32-year-old has been an ever-present under Mark Hughes so far this season - but with Jermaine Pennant and new signings Oussama Assaidi and Marko Arnautovic all pushing for places, Etherington is happy with the healthy rivalry.

"I'm not going to be here for the rest of my life, so the competition is good because it does keep you on your toes," he told the Sentinel.

"To start the first four games shows the manager trusts me, but I know that to stay in the team my performances have to be high to make sure the manager picks me.

"We've got two or three players in every position now and they are top-quality players. This must be the best squad we've had since I've been here and there's some good players who can play in my position."

Etherington also has his eyes on this weekend's trip to Arsenal as Stoke go in search of their first point at the Emirates.

"It would be a massive result if we got one, but we are capable of doing it," said Etherington.

"We will give Arsenal the respect they deserve, but our confidence is high after the way we have played this season and we feel we can get a result

"We have got to have a go - and I'm sure that's what the manager will want us to do.

"It's a case of finding the right mix of being solid, working hard and not being too open, but also having a threat going the other way and not being backs to-the-wall, which is what we have done in the past.

"Against top teams you have to be strong and solid, otherwise they will destroy you, but you also have to have a go.

"A lot of them have good attacking players, but they can also be vulnerable at the back."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

till reckon Chelsea will go for Khedira as back up for Matic. I think it will turn out to be quite a Mourihno-y window: We'll see the squad players and youth in action pre-season, say things like well, we need not buy anybody and then the club will bid £60m for Pogba and send everybody on loan.

tk421
F365's Transfer Guide - Part One

I

would love to be a fly on the wall at the meeting between Milner and Rodgers. I don't know if flies can count, but if they can then I would be counting the number of times Rodgers used the word outstanding in his attempts to get Milner to sign.

godzilla
Reds and Arsenal chase Milner

W

ell, it wouldn't be a summer without Arsenal fans fretting over losing a key player, and United throwing their weight around and muscling in on transfer deals which are (apparently) near to completion. If we can't be entertained by the football on the pitch, let's enjoy the silly off-pitch soap opera of the transfer season. Hurrah!

CamberleyGooner
The Back To It Gossip

Footer 365

Sepp Blatter announces he will resign as FIFA president

Sepp Blatter has announced he is to resign as president of FIFA and an election will be held to decide his successor.

Sepp Blatter to quit: Names in frame for FIFA top job

After FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced he will step down from the role, we look at the candidates to replace him.

Sepp Blatter to quit: Timeline leading to resignation of FIFA boss

We look back on the timeline of events which culminated in Sepp Blatter announcing his resignation as president of FIFA.

Mail Box

Liverpool 2015 Feels Like Liverpool 2011...

One Mailer says Benteke = Carroll, Bellamy = Milner and Clyne = Downing. Plus we have U21 Euro impatience, farewell Rio, Rafa Benitez, Milner, FIFA and title play-offs...

Calling Carlo For Liverpool... Please

One Liverpool Mailer wants a manager who isn't starstruck by the job. Plus why Milner has now become overrated, play-offs for the title, Ronaldinho and democracy..

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company