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Etherington is relishing role

PUBLISHED: 14:40 02 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:40 05 October 2010

MATTHEW ETHERINGTON admits he is benefiting from his licence to roam as part of Gianfranco Zola s new-look three-man attack. Etherington has scored in both league wins under the new West Ham manager since being pushed into a more advanced attacking role a

MATTHEW ETHERINGTON admits he is benefiting from his licence to roam as part of Gianfranco Zola's new-look three-man attack.

Etherington has scored in both league wins under the new West Ham manager since being pushed into a more advanced attacking role alongside Carlton Cole and David Di Michele and he is enjoying the freedom to express himself under the Italian.

The 27-year-old laid on Cole's opening goal before netting himself minutes before the half-time break in an eye-catching display at Craven Cottage.

He said: "It is really suiting me. I am getting more involved in the game, I'm not stuck out on the wing relying on the others to get me the ball and it is giving me a bit of freedom."

Etherington, who is the longest-serving player at Upton Park following his move from Spurs in August 2003, has also revealed that new boss Zola has given him some individual coaching in an effort to improve his contribution to the team.

"There's a few things in training - coaching, one-to-one things we are doing," he said. "It makes you feel wanted and that's what a professional footballer wants."

Now Ethertington is focused on continuing his impressive form against Bolton on Sunday.

He said: "It's a great start - we got a great result last week and now have followed on [at Fulham].

"We now look to Sunday's game and aim to get three points out of that as well.


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