Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 23 October 2014

Biting Back: Linfield are a shadow of their former selves

New Blues boss Warren Feeney
New Blues boss Warren Feeney

There were more than a few shocked faces at Shamrock Park on Saturday. It wasn't the start to the season new Linfield boss Warren Feeney dreamed of. His Blues side were outclassed by another team tipped to challenge for the title, Portadown.

Meanwhile, in the crowd was former Linfield boss David Jeffrey who was looking relaxed.

A few more poor performances from the Windsor Park men in front of Jeffrey and he will have to take the blame for it in the same way Sir Alex Ferguson was blasted for having the cheek to turn up at Old Trafford to watch United under David Moyes!

Linfield fans could barely believe what they were watching as this Blues team was a pale shadow of the one that had shone in Europe.

But just as Ports boss Ronnie McFall doesn't believe the 3-0 victory for his men makes them hot favourites for the league title, one defeat for Linfield should not indicate that Feeney's side are not good enough for a title chase.

Last season the Blues picked up only one point out of 12 in a disastrous start and the team hit rock bottom of the league for the first time in Jeffrey's reign.

A crisis... at least until they fought back to climb to the top of the table!

But with at least the first seven of Linfield's matches taking place away from Windsor because of redevelopment work and Feeney sampling his first Big Two showdown as manager on Wednesday, the players must toughen up on the road quickly.

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