Matt wants to better last season

Matt Phillips
Matt Phillips

MATT Phillips is glad to have finally put early season problems behind him.

Boss Ian Holloway said the 21-year-old wasn’t in the right frame of mind to play after what Pool claim was an illegal approach.

Southampton tabled an offer or around £5m, which Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston refused to even respond to.

A Premier League investigation continues, but Phillips is hoping he can let his feet do the talking.

He said: “I’m delighted to be back involved.

“It’s great to play in this team because we create chances and we’re going to get goals.

“Personally I just need to keep plugging away, keep working hard and hopefully I can stay in the side.”

Phillips fired 18 goals last season, including five on loan at Sheffield United.

And he hopes he can add to his two goals this season, starting with Brighton tomorrow.

“I had a slow start to last season, but once I found form I managed to get a few goals.

“I’m hoping I can kick-on now and make as many improvements to my game as I can.

“Finishing, heading and assists are areas I’m always working on.

“Last season was my best for scoring, and if I can get up to that, and maybe even better it, I’ll be really happy.”

Blackpool have struggled
in front of goal in recent weeks, which is uncharacteristic for a Holloway side.

But Phillips says it’s something the squad are working to solve.

“We discussed it this week – we have had a lot of the
ball recently but maybe haven’t made things happen as much as we should have done.

“I don’t think we’ve been playing too badly at the moment, I just think we’ve not been getting the rub of the green,” Phillips said.

“We just need to keep at it.

“It’s not all that bad – we’re a good attacking side, we create a lot of chances and I’m sure the goals will start to come again.”

“We have to put behind us a bad run and hopefully start moving up the table.

“We’re going to go out, play our own game and hopefully the result will come for us.”