Blackpool midfielder Liam Feeney is looking forward to his side’s trip to Ipswich Town on Saturday and sees it as a chance to see some familiar faces.
The 32-year-old midfielder made nine appearances for the Tractor Boys over a three month loan-spell back in 2016 and says he has nothing but good memories of his time in Suffolk.
Blackpool are on a four-match winning run but face a tricky test on Saturday when they travel to second-placed Ipswich Town, knowing a win could lift the Seasiders as high as third in the League One table.
Feeney spent a three-month loan-spell from Bolton in 2016 and speaking to the Blackpool Gazette on Friday clearly only has nice memories of his time at Portman Road.
“It’s a massive football club, with a great set of lads, and the fans were really welcoming to me as well, I’ve got nothing but good memories, but now we’re both in the same league and have similar objectives of getting out of this division,” Feeney told the Blackpool Gazette.
After their relegation from the Championship last term, Ipswich were one of the pre-season favourites for a return to the Championship and so far have lived up to their early season expectations.
Discussing Saturday’s opposition, Feeney said: “They are going to be a strong team in this league and we’re going to have to be fully on our game to get anything down there, we don’t fear anyone but it’s a big game and we’ll be respectful of them.”
After years of negativity, Blackpool find themselves fifth in the League One table and for the first time in a while look like they are moving forward.
Speaking of Saturday’s game, Feeney told the Blackpool Gazette: “If we go there and beat a team top of the league, it’s a statement to the rest of the league that we mean business.”
Although Feeney is clearly looking forward to seeing some familiar faces, it is obvious by his comments that he is still focused on the task in hand when the Seasiders visit Portman Road.
Should Blackpool come away from Suffolk with something they would send a big statement to the rest of the table as a fellow promotion contender.
Feeney is experienced enough to know that he and his side must be fully-focused on the football and any festivities should be saved for pre or post-match.