Matthew's Unfinished Business

Matthew Etherington reckons there is some unfinished business to attend to against Fulham on Tuesday.

Matthew was robbed of the chance to get West Ham a last gasp winner when the referee denied West Ham the advantage as he broke through in the final seconds of the FA cup tie at Loftus Road recently, necessitating Tuesday's replay, but he is circumspect about the incident.

"It was one of those things and nothing you can do about it now; he made a mistake, we all make mistakes, and hopefully it will even up in the replay," he says.

"Of course I would have scored, though - I was one on one with the keeper with a chance to win the game and unfortunately the ref blew up.

"He held his hands up at the end of the game and said sorry - he did apologise.

"We played well and were unlucky not to get a result; the lads were pleased with the way they played and it was a good performance.

"It is going to be a full house and a special night for the replay - we are looking forward to it."

And Manchester United as the reward?

"Every game is tough in the FA cup but if we get through it is a great occasion for us and a great day out," he says.

As for Norwich, he adds:

"It is a tough game against a side that are going really well but I think the way we are playing at the minute, we have got no one to fear.

"If we keep playing the way we are doing I am sure we will do really well this season.

"They are the league leaders and are probably the only team getting results on a consistent basis in this division.

"But we are on a little run and we have to keep it going.

"They have all good players and we respect them but I don't think we would swap any of our players for them.

"We are more than confident of getting a result."

Matthew missed the game at Bradford with a back problem, probably exacerbated than a longer than usual journey to Yorkshire - but he says he and coach driver Mick are still the best of friends.

"He apologised to me the other day about it but it wasn't his fault, it was just one of those things - a freak that has never happened to him before and will probably never happen again," he smiles.