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Feeney reflects on Mansfield game

10 April 2022

Midfielder Liam Feeney has spoken to the press following the defeat to Mansfield Town on Saturday.

The 35-year-old reflected on what was a difficult afternoon for the Iron against the promotion-chasing Stags.

Liam joined the iron in the January transfer window and since then he has been made captain of Keith Hill's side. 

Providing his view on the game, he told iFollow Iron: “I think we were playing against the best team in the league and it shows, but I feel we started the game really well again. 

“We probably could have had a couple of goals early on and we just conceded some poor goals again. Leaving a mountain to climb. 

“But we have to look forward, take some positives out. There were some shining lights with the young boys today who came on and Fin (Finley Shrimpton) who started. It’s a difficult situation for them, but I think some of them put in some really good performances. 

“We’ve got to look to build on some of the positives today. 

“It’s not an ideal situation for young boys to be coming into, you know ideally you like them to be drafted into a team that is flying high and winning every week. It’s difficult but that’s all we can do. We’ve got to try and put in as much of a performance as we can, as the senior players, to try and bring them along but I think they are dealing with it quite well. Today, I thought some of them put in some really good performances. 

“The result aside, you have to take the positives from the performances and building and getting used to each other, and some of the good play we had in the game, because there were spells where their manager wasn’t ultimately happy. They were a couple of goals up at the time but he was still shouting and bawling at them. He wasn’t ultimately happy with the way they were playing because we were doing well in-between the boxes. We should have scored a couple of goals in their box and we’ve got to defend our box better. 

“All we can really do is take the positives and look to build."

Feeney was asked about the individual errors and responded: “It’s something that’s quite evident. Big errors I suppose lead to goals that we don’t seem to get at the other end so we need to cut that out but that comes with playing together more, more experience, learning the game and us just being better. You have to do that but while we do that you have to take the positives and look at what we did do well individually and as a team and try to build. 

“I’ve said this for a long time, we’ve never really looked at the table. We look at the next one and try and build on performances. Try and win the next game, that’s all we try and do and that’s all we can do. Try and build on performances. Young boys build their experience and it’s difficult for them but they will come through stronger, for sure, for the rest of their careers. They will remember how this feels and they won’t want it again.  

“We’ve got to take this heartache that we’re getting at the minute and make sure we are building for the future.” 

See more from Liam Feeney on iFollow Iron.


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