Liam Feeney says he’s benefitting from having a full pre-season with Blackpool this year, which is clearly showing in his performances.
The 32-year-old, who is being utilised at right-wing back, missed out on some key preparation last season due to signing as a free agent in late August.
“I missed pre-season last season and you can do as much running by yourself as you want – and I was doing that – but it doesn’t replicate a pre-season, where you can get games in and build your base fitness,” he said.
“You always feel that you’re playing catch-up and you never feel as quite as sharp as you would do with a pre-season. Luckily, I’ve had one this season and I feel good, fit and sharp. Hopefully that’s showing in my performances.”
So far, Feeney has made seven appearances this season and provided three assists for his team-mates, including the one for Armand Gnanduillet’s equalising goal against Portsmouth.
“I’m building up a good relationship and a good understanding. We’ve been working a lot on that in training and the boys up front know, generally, what sort of cross I like to put in and they know when to make the runs. Thankfully they’re getting there, I’m putting balls in and we’re scoring. Hopefully that continues for the season because we’ve started well.”
The result at home to Portsmouth is one that Feeney is content enough with, given that Blackpool displayed a much-improved performance in the second-half to fight back for a point.
“It was a typical game of two halves. We started the game well in the first 15 minutes and were right on top. We wanted to carry that on, but then we sort of lost our way a little bit and couldn’t really deal with what they were throwing at us,” he admitted.
“We had to regroup at half-time and we were only 1-0 down, which was good because we were still in the game. In the second-half I thought we were a lot more like ourselves, piled a lot of pressure on and got the equaliser. We were looking for the next one but just couldn’t find it.
“But it could be an important point, against a difficult team, and we’re still undefeated, so that’s the main thing.”