Liam Feeney expects his old club Bolton Wanderers to provide a stern test in front of the Sky Sports cameras tomorrow night.
The winger, who has operated predominantly at wing-back this season, spent two years as a player with the Trotters and is looking forward to going back.
However, he knows that Bolton’s recent takeover and recruitment of several experienced professionals will see the club in a much stronger position than in the opening weeks of the season.
“I’ve played against them maybe once or twice before, but it’s been a while. It’ll be nice to go back, it’s a lovely stadium and we’re in good form. Hopefully we can get a positive result,” Feeney said.
“They’ve got a new squad and are a different proposition for every team now. They had difficult games earlier in the season with the results, but that’s probably going to stop now. They’ll be expecting an upturn and we expect a difficult game.”
The Seasiders will aim to avoid any sort of upset while on TV, though the presence of the cameras is welcome.
“It’s not too often that the cameras are down, so it’s always a nice thing for the boys to be able to show what they can do and express themselves. It’s a good thing, it doesn’t really add any extra pressure because you don’t really remember that the cameras are there once the game starts. It’s just a nice thing to know.”
On a personal note, Feeney goes into the fixture with the most assists in all competitions across the top four English divisions. With 10 to his name, he’s currently one ahead of Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne.
“I get plenty of stick about it,” he admitted. “I can’t complain because it’s not a bad person to be just ahead of, is it? It’s clicked really well at the minute, the boys are doing really well and I’m just glad that I’m contributing my part to us being up there in the league.”