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Midfielder dedicates late equaliser to his family who travelled to see him

Matthew Etherington has dedicated his last-minute equaliser for Stoke City to his family, who had travelled from Cornwall to the Britannia Stadium to watch him play.

His family braved horrible weather conditions and watched the midfielder help the Potters extend their unbeaten run to four games following their 1-1 draw against Manchester City.

"It was emotional for me, and I think everyone in the stadium saw that when I was celebrating," Etherington told Stoke City's official website.

"This is the first time all of the family have been up here together, so for me to get that goal right at the death was very special, and it is certainly one I will remember for a long time. I think everyone from Cornwall was up here today.

"They had to come through some bad weather yesterday, and they did struggle, but thankfully they all made it here safely. I'm just so happy we gave them something to cheer about at the end."

Although Etherington was pleased to narrowly avoid defeat, he was disappointed his team could not secure all three points in a game he believes should have been decided before half-time.

"It would have been an absolute travesty had we have lost that game," he said.

"We really should have won the game in the first half, but it just didn't drop for us and that is disappointing.

"It was disappointing for them to get that goal, and you did think that maybe it wasn't going to be our day. But we showed our character, as we always do, and got our just rewards in the end."

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