Matthew: We''ll Bounce Back

Matthew Etherington is convinced West Ham can go on a good run of games to get back in the thick of the promotion race.

"All we need is a few wins to get back into it and I think we will be all right," he insists.

Looking back at Saturday's defeat by West Brom he admits:

"It was a difficult afternoon and not a very nice experience - a real contrast from the first half to the second half.

"We were brilliant in the first half and dreadful in the second half so it wasn't very good.

"I think the sending off was a big thing to do with it but it was a hard thing to take and we have to pick ourselves up and get on with it.

"They were all bad goals against us to be fair and we didn't get the rub of the green either.

"We looked comfortable at 3-0 up but conceding the first goal hurt us a little bit - but we still should have had enough about us to win the game.

"We tried to get round each other and dig in deep in the second half then Deano has put one in his own goal which was really unfortunate.

"It was an uphill struggle from there; he didn't mean to do it, obviously, but we don't seem to be getting the rub of the green.

"The goal in the top corner from 25 yards out was another example - but I am sure we will get our fair share of luck eventually within time and then we can push on.

"We have to put things right in training now."

As for the sending off of Jermain Defoe, he admits:

"It is unfortunate; he has committed to the tackle and says he didn't catch him so it is unlucky."

Matthew does have some first hand experience of being on the wrong end of a comeback.

"I didn't play but when I was at Tottenham they were 3-0 up against United and got beaten 5-3," he recalls.

"I was on the bench that day so I have experienced it - it was unique to say the least."