Warren Feeney ready to ‘go again’ after New Year’s Day defeat at Seaview

Warren Feeney
Warren Feeney

Linfield boss Warren Feeney is ready to “go again” following Thursday’s defeat at Seaview.

The Blues suffered their first league loss since October 25 against Crusaders – a result that has blown the title race wide open once again.

Linfield now hold a slender one-point lead at the Premiership summit going into Saturday’s clash with Coleraine at Windsor Park (3pm).

“Thursday was disappointing, especially with the goals we conceded, but I won’t be too hard on the players,” Feeney said.

“Everyone saw the fight and character we showed in the second half, and we should have come away with something from the game.

“At the end of the day it is our first league defeat since October, and we are still one point clear at the top of the table.

“That’s a decent position to be in with 14 games remaining, and now we have to go again.

“It is good to have another game so quickly, as it gives us the chance to bounce back and get back on track again.

“Thursday wasn’t the end of the world.”

Feeney admits the challenge now is remaining top of the Premiership pile.

“That’s the focus. We want to stay there for as long as possible,” he added.

“I think we are going in the right direction and I am delighted with the performance and spirit of the players.

“They know what is expected and they are up for the fight.

“We have suffered a defeat, but we won’t be dwelling on it and we move on.

“Coleraine showed recently at Windsor that they are a good side and they will be looking to bounce back from losing to Portadown.

“It is a tough test.”