KP: My legs haven't gone yet

BY foxsports • April 15, 2011

Phillips, 37, will face his former club Sunderland in Saturday's Premier League relegation clash at St Andrew's. He has vowed not to celebrate should he score and plunge the Black Cats closer to the relegation zone after a disastrous run of one point from eight games. But Phillips' current over-riding emotion is of joy after being brought back to the forefront of Blues boss Alex McLeish's plans at the business end of the season. He has started the last two matches against Bolton - when he scored in a 2-1 win - and Blackburn from which City have picked up four points to ease their fears of going down. Phillips said: "My legs haven't gone, believe you me, and it's nice to have the confidence from the manager of being picked. "I think the most important thing from my point of view is can I still play at this level because you do start questioning things. "I think I've proved to myself and a lot of people that I can certainly still play at this level and it's an immense enjoyment. "It's given me that appetite again and makes me want to play for a lot longer, definitely . "I've questioned my ability, or my ability to put the ball in the back of the net. "But I've been quite proud of myself in the last two weeks that I've lasted 90 minutes and I've actually felt stronger as the games have gone on." Phillips added: "You have to ask the manager whether I play every game from now until the end of the season or 50 or 60% of them. "But I certainly feel that I can still put the ball in the back of the net and if we create chances I can certainly put them in. "But it's not all about me. As a team we've got an extremely tough job to do but one that we believe we can see through." Phillips believes Sunderland have the right combination in his former strike partner and current chairman, Niall Quinn, and manager Steve Bruce to steer them out of trouble. He said: "I think Niall would be great to work with. Everyone you speak to up there adores him. He's a gentle person but when he needs to crack the whip he'll crack the whip. "It's pretty obvious they're having a tough time at the moment but I believe they've got the right person in charge to see them through it. I'd rather be in their position at the moment, three points better off than we are. "I certainly believe they'll be okay because they've got the players and the staff there and certainly the manager to get them through this difficult period." Phillips added: "I've actually been up and seen them quite a bit lately through doing a lot of media work. I've been back quite a few times, so I think they're getting bored of seeing me. "Let's hope come quarter to five on Saturday evening they're fed up of seeing me again! It's a big game for us at the weekend "All emotions and ties go out of the window at the weekend. The game is more important for us, we believe. "I hope they stay in the league - and I'm sure they will - but I'm a Birmingham City player now and I want us to win Saturday. "If it takes me scoring the winner in the 89th, 90th minute, then so be it, but I certainly won't celebrate."

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