Simon Grayson explains Liam Feeney's half-time substitution in Blackpool's EFL Trophy win

Liam Feeney was in superb form yet again last night
Liam Feeney was in superb form yet again last night
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Simon Grayson has revealed it was always the plan to give Liam Feeney just 45 minutes in last night's EFL Trophy game against Morecambe.

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The 32-year-old continued his impressive spell of form with another superb cameo in the first half of Pool's 5-1 win.

The wing-back created both of Blackpool's two goals in the opening period, taking his assist tally for the season to five in all competitions.

When Feeney was replaced at half-time by Ollie Turton, that sparked fears the Blackpool man could have picked up a knock.

But Grayson allayed those fears and confirmed that was not the case.

“That was always pre-planned that he would come off," Grayson told The Gazette.

“We were either going to start with Turts or start with Feens and I decided to go with Liam, who got another 45 minutes under his belt.

“That’s good for him but it was also good to get a chance to rest him up for the second half.”

The Seasiders managed to hand 65 minutes to Matty Virtue on the midfielder's first start of the season.

The 22-year-old had only made one sub appearance prior to last night's game having recently returned from a thigh complaint.

Grayson added: “He seemed to come through it okay but we just took him off as a precaution really, as we didn’t want to have him on too long and have some sort of breakdown or anything like that.

“He was a bit rusty at times but he showed his quality as well and that will do him the world of good.”