Former West Ham man is not worried about his side not being the favourites following semi-final victory over Bolton and insists he is happy to keep proving people wrongStoke City midfielder Matthew Etherington believes his side are comfortable with the tag of underdogs after they demolished Bolton Wanderers in a five-goal rout to book a place against Manchester City in the FA Cup final.
The Potters winger spoke to ESPN after the game, saying: "We’re used to being the underdogs, the manager said that before the game and we’ll be the underdogs in the final, so bring it on."
And on his side scoring five goals in the process Etherington claimed: "It’s fantastic, to score five goals in an FA Cup semi-final, it hasn’t come round too often and each and every one of the lads were fantastic today and what a great performance.
"We scored some great goals today, we get our knockers, people say certain things about us but some of the goals we scored today were very, very good and we’re proving people wrong slowly but surely and every week we hear things about us and we’ve proved them wrong."
Etherington then spoke about the Stoke fans, who sold out their allocation for the semi-final, saying: "It’s the first time we’ve got to the FA Cup final, it’s massive for this club, the club's moving in the right direction and they’re a massive part of that and this day is for them and hopefully they can come back here in a couple of weeks."
And finally, on his chance to go one better after he won only a runners-up medal when playing for West Ham against Liverpool in 2006, he said: "We’ve got a massive chance, I said to myself after that day that if I get a chance to come back again then I’ll take it with both hands, so we’ll look forward to that game and we’ve got the league to take care of now and get a few points on the board and that’ll be us safe and then we can look forward to the FA Cup final."
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