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Focused Linfield boss Warren Feeney urges players to ‘finish the job’ at Mourneview

Warren Feeney is under no illusions going into Tuesday's Europa League tie with B36 Torshavn

Warren Feeney is under no illusions going into Tuesday's Europa League tie with B36 Torshavn

  • by Gareth Fullerton
 

Linfield boss Warren Feeney has called on his players to “finish the job” when they step out against B36 Torshavn on Tuesday night.

The Blues holster a slender 2-1 lead going into the second leg of this Europa League first qualifying round tie.

Goals from Jamie Mulgrew and Michael Carvill – who bagged an 88th-minute winner – earned Linfield a spirited win in the Faroe Islands five days ago.

With such a slight advantage, Feeney insists there is no room for error at Mourneview Park (7.45pm kick-off).

“We know the job isn’t done and we have work to do. We have to go out and finish it off,” Feeney said.

“We have to be professional and we can’t afford any complacency.

“We won’t be sitting back and defending the lead. I want the players to go out and finish the job. We can’t give Torshavn any opportunities to get back into the tie.

“The players know what is expected, and hopefully on Tuesday night they can deliver.”

Feeney admits Torshavn have “nothing to lose” in Lurgan on Tuesday, making them dangerous opponents in this Europa League renewal.

“We will have a positive gameplan,” the former Northern Ireland striker said.

“My philosophy has always been to defend from the front and I want my teams to take the game to the opposition.

“We did it out there and I’ll be calling for more of the same in this home leg. We played some nice stuff over there and our gameplan will be the same in Lurgan.

“B36 have nothing to lose, but it’s all about how we perform on the night. We want to get into the next round. It’s a huge incentive for the club.”

Feeney – who was named as David Jeffrey’s successor back in April – admits he was relieved to get his first competitive game “out of the way” in the Faroe Islands last week.

And with a showdown with Swedish outfit AIK Solna waiting the winners of Tuesday’s tie, the 33-year-old hopes his encouraging start at the helm continues.

“I was delighted to get my first competitive victory against B36,” said Feeney.

“There is always a bit of nervous tension going into any game, but I was excited about last week.

“It’s only one win and I won’t be getting carried away, but it was nice to get off to a positive start with a great performance.

“I’m aware there have been some negative comments from some people calling me a ‘rookie manager’ and so on; but you’re always going to get that, particularly nowadays with social media.

“I’m not really one who worries about things like that. When I first went to England as a player, people said I wasn’t experienced enough or I wasn’t strong enough. It drove me on. I remember looking at team mates in my position and thinking ‘it’s you or me’.

“I was determined to improve and I have always had a strong focus on what I want to do in football. I’ve really enjoyed my first few weeks as a manager and I am driven to do my very best for Linfield.

“I was delighted with last week’s performance in Torshavn but we know it’s only half-time in the tie. It’s important we see the job through on Tuesday.”

 

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