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Feeney tells Linfield aces tough times are ahead

By Staff Reporter

Linfield manager Warren Feeney has warned his players that they face a tough time in next week's training sessions as they prepare for an assault on the Danske Bank Premiership title.

After exiting the Europa League to Spartak Trnava the kick-off for the domestic campaign in a fortnight's time is now the focus and Feeney wants to replicate the Slovakian side's sharp cutting edge.

"If I am picky, probably they are ruthless in both boxes, a couple came off their keeper and they cleared, whereas if that's in our area, they stick it in the back of the net - that's the difference," said Feeney after Thursday's 3-1 defeat at Windsor Park, which meant a 5-2 aggregate loss.

"It was a good exercise going into the season, but that will be a different ball game.

"They'll probably have a couple of hard nights next week and then they'll be ready for the domestic campaign."

Today's friendlies: Albert Foundry v Linfield, Ballinamallard United v Ards, Ballyclare Comrades v Ballymena United, Banbridge Town v Cliftonville XI, Crusaders v Institute, Drogheda Town v Glenavon, Larne v Cliftonville XI, Knockbreda v Carrick Rangers, Rathfriland Rangers v Dungannon Swifts, Portadown v H&W Welders.

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