Ipswich Town v Blackburn Rovers: Ex-Town loanee Liam Feeney says Rovers are full of confidence
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Liam Feeney says Blackburn Rovers will arrive at Portman Road full of confidence tomorrow.
The pacy left-winger made nine appearances on loan for Ipswich Town at the back end of last season, but then turned down the Blues and opted to join Rovers when his contract at Bolton expired.
Owen Coyle’s team travel to Suffolk in the Championship relegation zone, but buoyed by recent results. They started 2016 by completing an unlikely double over Newcastle, a 1-0 home win over the Magpies coming less than six weeks after a 1-0 triumph at St James’ Park, then won 2-1 at QPR in the FA Cup Third Round last weekend.
Town, meanwhile, saw their frustrating stop-start season continue when they scraped a 2-2 home draw with non-league side Lincoln in the world famous knockout competition.
“Everyone knows, it’s well documented, how solid and well drilled Ipswich are,” said Feeney, who scored his first Rovers goal at the weekend, talking to the Lancashire Telegraph,
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“I’m not sure the manager will need much information from me.
“They have got some good players going forward as well so it’s going to be a really tough game but we’re in good form and we’re looking forward to it. We know that we can hurt them and cause them problems and we feel we can score against anyone, so it’s just about keeping it tight.
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“We’re looking to build on our momentum and you have to take it as and when you can in this league.
“It’s such a tough division, but we’re on good form, and we’re not fearing anyone.”
Ipswich kept five clean sheets in seven games earlier in the season, but have conceded plenty of sloppy goals of late. Blackburn have fielded several different central-defensive partners this season and shipped 40 goals, but they’ve been far more solid with Charlie Mulgrew and Gordon Greer at the heart of defence over the last three games.
“We’ve been working a lot on our defensive shape and then breaking quickly when we win the ball back in the right areas and it paid dividends at the weekend,” said Feeney.
“I’ve had to bide my time but hopefully people are starting to see the best of me. I’m always confident that when I do get a run of games I will chip in with the odd goal and assists.”
Experienced Blues duo Luke Chambers and Cole Skuse are expected to be back in action after missing last weekend’s game with knee problems, but Myles Kenlock (calf) and David McGoldrick (hamstring) are still out.
Darragh Lenihan and Marvin Emnes are both available again for Rovers after being suspended and cup-tied respectively. Corry Evans and Craig Conway are injury doubts.