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Linfield manager, Warren Feeney will be forced to watch the Belfast’s Big Two derby against Glentoran from the stands on Saturday.
The 33-year old was sent off in the game six weeks ago against Ballymena in a management capacity, and the touchline ban is only being put in place now.
“Unfortunately my ban is from the Ballymena game, which I don’t really know why – six weeks down the line from when it was but you have just got to take these things,” Feeney told Belfast Telegraph.
“It will be hard for me because I’m not one of them who likes to sit and watch football, I like to be vocal but I will get my bits and pieces across the boys an hour or so before the game.”
Linfield play hosts to Glentoran tomorrow at Windsor Park, and the visitors will be looking for revenge having lost to The Blues last time out at The Oval.
Feeney’s men have improved their form of late after recording wins over Glenavon and Dungannon Swifts to raise spirits having lost three games on the bounce.
Glentoran on the other hand, have suffered a dip in form of late, with defeats against Glenavon and a cup defeat to Ballinamallard United.
Former Northern Ireland international, Feeney is expecting Glentoran to put up a fight tomorrow afternoon: “They are a decent side and they play football the right way. I know how football works and if you aren’t fully focused on the job then you will get punished.
“This will be a very difficult game for us.
“It’s a local derby, a Big Two derby and although Cliftonville have been champions for the last two seasons I think everyone understands the magnitude of this fixture in the Irish League.
“No matter what other people think I still consider that opposition teams relish the chance to beat Linfield and it should be a great occasion but it’s important the players don’t get caught up in that.”
The last meeting between the two sides ended in favour of Linfield as Glentoran threw a two-goal lead away before Linfield’s Aaron Burns scored the winner right at the death.