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.