Feeney: ‘Pressure off Wings for Ebbsfleet trip’
Warren Feeney believes the pressure is off his players as they head to unbeaten Ebbsfleet United on Saturday.
The Wings are licking their wounds after last weekend’s defeat at the hands of St Albans City and Feeney will be expecting to see a reaction from his players at the Kuflink Stadium, but insists that all the pressure is on the opposition as they look to keep hold of their unbeaten status.
“When you’re playing games against the league-leaders, who have been good all season and are there on merit, you have to look forward to it,” explained the Park View Road boss.
“It will excite our boys. We’ll go there, like every game, with confidence, and show them the utmost respect and treat it like any other game.
“As I’ve said before, we fear no one. We’ll go there looking to put in a good performance and it’s a bit of a free hit because they’re favourites, so it’s one we can go and enjoy.”
Speaking of the league-leaders, Feeney praised the quality they possess in their squad, but set an important reminder of the fine lines in football that lie between victory, a draw and a defeat.
“They’ve got fantastic players and we know what we’re up against,” he said.
“They’re on that roll at the minute, whether they’re playing well or badly, that they know with players like that they’ll win games.
“But if you look at Havant & Waterlooville, they’re still unbeaten and when we played them, we hit the post to make it 3-1 and they went up the other end to equalise, so it’s fine lines in football.
“We can’t worry too much about the opposition. We’ll worry about ourselves and go and enjoy the game.”
Meanwhile, Feeney also discussed the Wings’ form and the level of expectations that have been set since the start of the season.
“We’ve been in the top 10 for the first three months of the season, which is incredible really, and we want to make sure we stay there,” he said.
“It’s about confidence. There’s been a bit of a dip in form for some players, but we haven’t changed the way we’ve been playing from the way we were at the start of the season.
“The boys are hurting but they’re a good, honest bunch. We’re at the end of October and we’ve probably over-achieved with a new squad. We’ve had a bit of a dip, which you’re going to get, but it’s only one defeat in the last couple of months so we’ll take that as a positive and we’ll take it into the Ebbsfleet game.”