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Feeney eyes a cup upset after netting perfect start

By Robert Jones

Published 18/01/2016

In charge: Warren Feeney won his first game as Newport boss
In charge: Warren Feeney won his first game as Newport boss

Warren Feeney says he has no plans to make wholesale changes after replacing John Sheridan as Newport County boss. The former Linfield manager's tenure in charge of The Exiles got off to the perfect start with a vital 1-0 win over York City on Saturday and, ahead of this evening's FA Cup third round clash with Blackburn Rovers at Rodney Parade, Feeney explained: "I don't want to change a lot of things because John left a fantastic morale.

"He lifted them from where they were and I just thought I wasn't going to change too much, just tweak here and there.

"John's gone and we've got to move forward."

The League Two strugglers are huge underdogs against their visitors tonight and former Northern Ireland international Feeney believes his men can use that to their advantage.

"It's a free game and a challenge against a team in the Championship," he added. "I want to win the game but the league is my priority because we've got another massive one on Saturday.

"I've told the players to go and enjoy it and I look forward to a fantastic game."

Blackburn boss Paul Lambert, meanwhile, has warned his players they face becoming the victims of an FA Cup shock if they are not ready for an "up and at 'em" battle.

"We are going to go down to a cup tie and it's going to be 'up and at 'em' football," he said. "We have to go down there and be ready for the battle. If you're ready for the battle, you are hoping you'll go through.

"But if we lack any sort of will to win, then we are in for a long night. It's important to get a win. We have got to get a win somewhere. We have to start quickly to get wins under our belts.

"We've been beaten in a few games and we can't let that manifest into where we can't stop it."

Lambert will make late checks on central defender Matt Kilgallon and striker Chris Brown, who both played the full 90 minutes at the weekend after having had little or no football under their belts in recent weeks.

Belfast Telegraph

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