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Warren Feeney insists Linfield are ready to ‘have a go’ at AIK Solna in Stockholm

Linfield boss Warren Feeney celebrates Thursdays heroic win over AIK Solna at Mourneview Park

Linfield boss Warren Feeney celebrates Thursdays heroic win over AIK Solna at Mourneview Park

  • by Gareth Fullerton
 

Warren Feeney insists Linfield are ready to “have a go” at AIK Solna in Stockholm next week.

The Blues will travel to Sweden boasting a valuable 1-0 lead following Thursday’s heroic first leg win at Mourneview Park.

Andy Waterworth’s 87th-minute winner has put the Irish League representatives in a healthy position going into the return leg of this Europa League second qualifying round tie.

And determined boss Feeney is relishing the challenge facing his underdogs.

“We have something to hold onto next week in Sweden. The massive thing from this first leg was not to concede,” Feeney said.

“We can go to Sweden and have a go. We have every chance now and we are in the ball game.

“We have a friendly game on Saturday and then we will divert our attention to next Thursday.”

Despite boasting a slender lead going into next week’s return leg, Feeney accepts Linfield face a formidable challenge when they renew rivalries with AIK.

“I couldn’t have asked for any more from the players on Thursday, but over there will be a completely different ball game,” he added.

“AIK will come at us a bit more, but we will go there with a game plan and hopefully cause another upset.

“AIK brought a good support with them to Mourneview, and someone said they get 20,000 at their home games. So it will be a partisan atmosphere when we walk out for the second leg.

“At the end of the day we are out to do a job on the pitch,and we will set out our stall to try and achieve the result we want.

“I know what it is like having played with Northern Ireland.

“The man who fears to lose will never taste success. I said to the players to go out and show no fear – play your game.

“They may be technically better, but they will not beat you with desire and hunger.

“My players showed their character and commitment on Thursday night, and they will have to do it again next week.

“But we know we have the ability.”

 

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