Sunday, 9 March 2014

Feeney out to haunt Cherries in Blackburn game

Guess who has turned up at Blackburn Rovers just ahead of the fixture against AFCB? Millwall's Liam Feeney has signed a loan deal until the rest of the season at Blackburn as he looks to give Rovers a promotion push at a vital start of the season. While I would normally not be too concerned at former players lining up against the Cherries, Liam was always one of those players that you knew would give 100 per cent and he is the kind of player that can win a game on his own with a moment of magic.

While it has been a couple of seasons since he left Dean Court, Liam will know all about Eddie Howe's tactics and style of play having been part of the great escape and a successful play-off chasing League One Cherries team. Having already turned out for Bolton Wanderers this season and now Blackburn, you wonder why Holloway does not fancy the player in his side who, let's face it, are struggling in the bottom four. He must have his reasons, but Liam is a player who get's his head down and creates chances for others usually from the byline.

Will Adam Smith be required to come in for Ian Harte?
Now it will be up to Ian Harte to stop him if Ian is okay to play on Wednesday night. There was a period in the second half when the commentators wondered if he had taken a bad knock, but he played on through the Blackpool game. Adam Smith could well come into the side or Ritchie could move to left back, but I would not want to see Feeney up against a player who has not played regularly of late at left back for the Cherries.
Ritchie is another left back option if Ian Harte needs a rest.
Can Ian shake off the hard tackles he sustained in the Blackpool match.
For the away supporters travelling to the game I do hope that Liam plays and that they get to see him on the pitch. If things had worked out differently he could have been a player just like Marc Pugh who stayed at the club and experienced Championship life with the Cherries. Circumstances dictated otherwise but it appears as though Liam is still looking to find a place where he can play regularly in the Championship. It will be intriguing to see if he plays against Burnley today or if he is held back for the Bournemouth match. I only hope he does not save his best to spook the Cherries on Wednesday night.

Blackburn Rovers v Burnley kicks off today at 12.30pm.

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