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WANDERERS new boy Liam Feeney hopes his second-half substitute display on his debut against Yeovil will see him challenging for a starting spot against Blackpool tonight.
The 26-year-old who joined the Whites on Friday from Millwall on a three-month deal, came off the bench 24 hours later in the 1-1 draw against Yeovil and it proved a lively cameo.
And while he accepts he has to fight to earn a place in Dougie Freedman’s team, he is ready for the challenge during his time in Lancashire.
Feeney was the only one of the three fresh faces drafted in by Freedman to play some part on Saturday, with Kevin McNaughton awaiting international clearance and Neil Danns an unused substitute.
But the winger could be involved from the start at Bloomfield Road and wants to seize his chance if he gets the nod.
Feeney said: “I don’t expect to start games but it is my aim.
“No one has a God-given right to start anywhere.
“You only have to look at the strength in depth to see what the gaffer has got here at his disposal.
“I am under no illusions I am going to come here and play straight away.
“I am here to show what I can do and if the manager sees fit to start me all the better.
“I see this as a great opportunity to get some games at a massive club.
“It’s a fresh start so hopefully I can help get this team up the league as much as I can.
“(Millwall) manager (Steve Lomas) has come in and signed a lot of players and he is going to give them their chance, first and foremost.
“It’s been frustrating for me because I have trained hard waiting for a chance which hasn’t really arisen.
“When the option came to move here I jumped at it.
“It was a nice surprise and when I heard about the opportunity I was eager to come.
“I knew coming here was a possibility on Thursday and then about 4-5pm, I was told it was agreed and to make my way up north. It was all a bit of a rush. I packed a quick bag and just popped up.
“I got to train with the lads on Friday so maybe I got to show them what I am about.”
Three days on and Feeney has had a little more time to get used to his new surroundings and will be ready to go again tonight after leaving the Reebok on Saturday as disappointed as everyone with a return of only a point against Yeovil.
And with Blackpool flying high at the start of the Championship season, it does not get any easier tonight to end the winless run.
But Feeney believes the key to getting a result is to put pressure on the Seasiders from the first whistle, much like his parent club Millwall did when they pulled off a shock 3-1 win recently.
He added: “There were times we had to dig in (on Saturday).
“But there were times when we got into dangerous situations and we were the team that felt more aggrieved to get the draw.
“Even though we are slightly deflated with the draw it is still another point and it starts an unbeaten run.
“If we get a good result at Blackpool then maybe it’s not such a bad point after all.
“Blackpool like to play nice football and have got some good, attacking players.
“But if we are in their faces and on top of them, like Millwall did with a back to basics sort of thing, then we have more than enough in the team to beat them.”