Phillips: I’m here to compete
The 19-year-old midfielder, a summer recruit from Wycombe, stepped
off the substitutes’ bench to find the net in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat
at home to Blackburn. He admits it was a special moment just to get
selected, while to mark his first appearance with a goal felt
‘unbelievable’. “It was a dream coming on. Luke Varney played the
ball through. My first touch was to control it and I scored with my
second,” he told the Blackpool Gazette. “Every kid dreams of
scoring in the Premier League and to make your mark is massive.
“When the gaffer told me to get changed and go on I was buzzing.
I’ve been here a few weeks but that was my first game. “I didn’t
make the bench at Chelsea, so to go from that to coming on and
scoring a Premier League goal feels unbelievable.” Phillips’ goal
looked set to seal a draw for Blackpool and he confesses it was
disappointing to see Rovers net a late winner. “I love scoring
goals,” he added. “If we had held on for the draw it would have
meant more. It was a sickener conceding at the end.” Phillips is
now looking forward to the trip to Anfield this weekend and hopes
to feature again. He accepts there is fierce competition for places
at Bloomfield Road but is ready for the challenge and keen to build
on such a promising start. “I know there are players ahead of me
but I am here to compete. I’ll try to get into the squad for
Liverpool and then we’ll take it from there,” he explained.