AFC Bournemouth: Bolton in a false position warns former Cherries star Feeney (From Bournemouth Echo)
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AFC Bournemouth: Bolton in a false position warns former Cherries star Feeney
LIAM Feeney is convinced improving Bolton are in a false position in the Championship and has warned Cherries to be mindful of their dangerous artillery.
Feeney, who played 121 times for Cherries between January 2009 and August 2011, has just returned to Millwall following a fruitful loan spell with the Trotters.
The 26-year-old spent a month with Dougie Freedman’s men, helping them to three draws and a 2-1 win at Birmingham, their only victory of the season.
Feeney was signed by Eddie Howe from Salisbury when Cherries were 10 points adrift of safety in League Two and went on to star in the club’s 2009-10 promotion campaign.
He told the Daily Echo: “Bolton have picked up recently and haven’t quite had the results their performances have deserved.
“It is a tough division and I am sure they will pick up sooner rather than later.
“It is an unpredictable league so to go any length of time unbeaten is an achievement. If you can get consistency and be hard to beat, you can soon find yourselves climbing the table. They have found that and are slowly starting to turn a corner.
“Jermaine Beckford is a livewire up front and has scored goals at the top level. He is one of Bolton’s main threats but they have got some really good creative players behind him like Chris Eagles, Chung-Yong Lee and Rob Hall.
“They are also dangerous from set-pieces so there are a few areas to take note for Bournemouth.
“They have got some good players and a good manager and things are geared for them to be successful. I was grateful to play a part in their season.”
Feeney, who admits his time with Millwall has been “a bit stop-start”, says he still has fond memories of his two-and-a-half years with Cherries.
“I am really pleased to see them doing so well,” added Feeney. “I played for the club when it was on its knees and the players were going for weeks without being paid. Now is a far cry from when I was there but it is pleasing because everyone stuck by the club and kept it going when we were struggling.
“We had a really good team and did well. We set the ball rolling for where they are now which is good.
“Eddie Howe is a good fit and the club has had nothing but success under him.
“He is a really good manager and certainly one of the best I have worked under.
“He fully deserves all the plaudits because he is a very hard working person and is doing really well.”
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