Warren Feeney hoping Linfield can secure historic win in Sweden

Warren Feeney celebrates last week's first leg win over AIK Solna
Warren Feeney celebrates last week's first leg win over AIK Solna

Linfield boss Warren Feeney has urged his players to “go for it” at the Friends Arena in Stockholm on Thursday night.

The Blues stand on the cusp of an historic triumph in Europe as they prepare to face Swedish giants AIK Solna.

Andy Waterworth’s late goal last week has given Linfield a vital 1-0 lead going into Thursday’s Europa League second qualifying round, second leg tie.

Despite holding a slender lead going into this renewal (6pm kick-off BST), determined boss Feeney is refusing to adopt a cautious approach.

“We have something to hold onto and defend, but we can’t afford to sit back for 90 minutes,” the former Northern Ireland striker said.

“The massive thing from last week’s first leg was not to concede.

“We can go into Thursday’s game and have a go. We have every chance now and we are in the ball game.”

Linfield will face an AIK side on the rebound following a disappointing week of results.

Their European malaise against the Blues was followed by a league defeat to Falkenberg in the Swedish league on Sunday.

Feeney is prepared for a potential backlash from Andreas Alm’s side on Thursday.

“They will be hurting from the two defeats, and we know Thursday is going to be another massive test for us,” Feeney added.

“But the pressure is all on AIK. They are expected to win and progress to the next round.

“We just have to go out there and put in another spirited performance and hopefully we can pull off another shock.

“We can’t wait.”