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Feeney: Fan factor helped Cherries to victory
Published : 06 Sep 2009 10:00:00
LIAM Feeney played a pivotal role as Cherries moved joint-top of League Two but then highlighted the clubs massive away following as a key factor in yesterdays victory. The flying winger provided the crosses on both occasions as Brett Pitman and Steve Fletcher headed Cherries to another win this time at Torquay United. But despite his big impact on the clash, Feeney was quick to hail the 1,118 Cherries supporters who made the journey to Plainmoor as a major influence on the outcome. Feeney believes the vocal support spurred Eddie Howes men on as they claimed a fifth win in six league matches. The fans were brilliant, said Feeney. The passion they show in the stands is like having an extra man on the pitch. When were down or if weve got our backs against the wall, it lifts us. It gives us that little extra 10 per cent each to put in and makes you want to go out there and get the win. It helps us massively, so credit to them as well. Feeney, who was tipped by the Independent as one of the Football League stars to watch this season, continued to live up to his big billing on Saturday. Discussing the 2-1 victory, the former Salisbury City star added: Its a really tough place to come but for us to come away with the three points and not play to our best was a credit to the team. If I can pop up with a couple of assists every week, thats my job, so I was pleased with that. As long as we can keep coming to places like this and getting wins, its all good for our campaign. Cherries assistant boss Jason Tindall revealed that hard work was the secret to Feeneys success. Hes been excellent ever since he arrived here, said Howes number two. Hes a great lad. He works extremely hard every day on the training field. When you put the effort and the time in to work at things, your rewards are there on the Saturday. He put two great crosses in and thankfully we scored from both. He played a big part in our win, as he has in results since he has been at the football club. But its difficult to single out any one individual because were a very tight-knit squad and everybody plays their part in one way or another. In a further boost for Cherries, club captain Danny Hollands made a welcome return from injury. The midfielder, who only returned to full training on Thursday following knee surgery, came on as a last-minute substitute.