THEY say there are too many repeats on TV – in Matt Phillips’ case it is all of his own making.
The Seasiders winger joined the club after the play-off final victory in 2010, the famous 3-2 thriller against Cardiff.
So to get himself in the mood for tomorrow’s showdown with West Ham, the 21-year-old has been watching reruns of the last success.
He said: “I’ve watched the video from 2010 quite a few times now and the atmosphere is almost overwhelming. I can’t wait to run out of the tunnel and I can only imagine how good it is going to feel. I intend to enjoy it, take it all in, and hopefully we will do what we’ve been doing all season – play well and win.”
Phillips is too young to know what fear is, and he certainly isn’t nervous about the prospect of taking on a West Ham side generally recognised as one of the most powerful and classy outside of the Premier League.
He said: “West Ham are a big club, huge. Arguably they are a Premier League club. But they are just 11 lads like us and we are not going to let anyone get in the way of what we want, and that is to be back in the Premier League.
“We don’t fear anyone, not at all. With the way we play, then as we play the way we know we can and do the right things, I don’t think there are many teams that can stop us.”
Phillips has had an up and down year that threatened to go pear-shaped when he was sent on loan to Sheffield United before Christmas.
But he has bounced back in style, becoming a key member of Ian Holloway’s starting 11 in the second half of the campaign.
He was voted into the PFA’s Championship team of the year by his fellow professionals and won Match magazine’s 2012 Wonderkid award.
He added: “Things like that are great and now I am at Wembley. It has been a whirlwind two or three years. “When I moved from Wycombe to Blackpool, I didn’t expect it to go half as well as it has.
“I played a role in the Premier League but in truth I was more of a bit-part player. “But after returning from that loan spell earlier in the season, I have managed to cement myself in the starting 11, get games and, more importantly, get a few goals as well.
“I am brimming with confidence and excitement now and I can’t wait to get going.”
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