WE WON’T LET STICK HURT US, VOWS MATT

BE­SIK­TAS v STOKE Tonight – Kick-off 6pm

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MATTHEW ETHER­ING­TON has told the crit­ics lin­ing up to snipe at Stoke: We don’t care.

Pot­ters winger Ether­ing­ton in­sists Stoke’s street­fight­ers don’t give a hoot about the flak they get for their style of play.

Spurs crashed to their first de­feat in 11 games on Sun­day but Tony Pulis’ men were still mauled for their abra­sive ap­proach.

Ether­ing­ton scored twice in the stir­ring 2-1 win and Stoke are now pre­par­ing for their fi­nal Europa League Group E game against Be­sik­tas.

And the former Spurs star in­sists it’s time to fi­nally give the Pot­ters some praise.

Spe­cial

He said: “We play a cer­tain way at times and it works for us.

“But look at the game on Sun­day. There were times when we got the ball on the floor, but peo­ple don’t no­tice that.

“We have good play­ers. We wouldn’t do what we are do­ing with­out good play­ers.

“But we’ll get on with it and let peo­ple say what they want.

“We ran our­selves into the ground. Full credit to the play­ers for do­ing that – it’s what the man­ager wants from us and we work hard for each other.

“It’s quite spe­cial in this side. You don’t al­ways get that from one to 11, but that’s what we have.”

A win or draw will se­cure Stoke top spot in the group, which guar­an­tees they avoid a seeded team in the KO stage.

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