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Etherington admits to indifferent form for Stoke

Stoke City winger Matthew Etherington admits his form has dipped on occasions this season but hopes to put in better performances with big games on the horizon. "I'll be the first to admit that my form hasn't been as good as the last two seasons," he told BBC Radio Stoke.

"I've had some indifferent performances where I haven't done myself justice and I've had some good performances.

"Hopefully now, with some big games coming up, I can step up to the mark and put in some big displays."

The 30-year-old believes the position he plays may have made his dip in form more evident to supporters.

"It's frustrating as a winger sometimes," said the former West Ham wideman. "I know, first and foremost, that some of my performances haven't been good enough.

"It happens in every team, every winger gets it, that you don't get the ball as much as you want.

"Sometimes it's nothing to do with your team-mates or anyone around you. It's just to do with the way the game is going and you're a bit isolated out there sometimes."

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