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Ethers eyes top eight

PUBLISHED: 16:07 09 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:41 05 October 2010

MATTHEW ETHERINGTON believes new Hammers manager Gianfranco Zola can guide West Ham to a top-eight finish in the Premier League this season. Etherington, who this week was named the club s player of the month for September, has flourished under Zola s reg

MATTHEW ETHERINGTON believes new Hammers manager Gianfranco Zola can guide West Ham to a top-eight finish in the Premier League this season.

Etherington, who this week was named the club's player of the month for September, has flourished under Zola's regime, scoring crucial goals in back-to-back league victories under the Italian.

West Ham's winning run came to an end last weekend but winger Etherington is convinced that the Hammers are making progress under Zola.

"I honestly believe that we can be a top-eight side this season, that's certainly our aim," he said.

"There is a great sense of what we can achieve this year and if we maintain the great start we have had, there's no reason why we can't go on and up from here."

The 27-year-old has thrived in a more advanced role in Zola's three-man attack and he admits that the new boss has helped him improve as a player.

He said: "The new manager has come in and has been brilliant for me. He and Steve Clarke have been great.

"They are bringing all sorts of things to my game - individual tips to help me and the other lads - and it all goes to improving what you do. You enjoy coming to training every morning which is a good thing.

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