Matt: We want promotion

Matt Phillips celebrates

Matt Phillips celebrates

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MATT Phillips says he feels relieved to still be pulling on a Blackpool shirt after a manic January.

The winger was targeted by several clubs during the transfer window, with the Seasiders turning down bids of up to £1.5m.

One of the clubs chasing Phillips was Cardiff, who had three offers rejected.

And the Bluebirds fans got a glimpse of what they missed out on when Phillips scored a brace to help Pool beat Cardiff 3-1.

The 20-year-old said: “It was a good day and I really enjoyed it. This team believes it can do really good things. We all believe we can get automatic promotion but we are just silently going about our business. We are creeping up the table nicely, so who knows what it is going to happen?

“It is nice to know other clubs are looking at me and are interested, but I am contracted to Blackpool and happy to be here. I want to help the club get promoted.”

Asked if he had been determined to show Cardiff what he was capable of, the frontman said: “Not at all. I go into every game aiming to give 100 per cent and I am not happy unless I have had a good game.

“I am pleased to have gone to Cardiff and played well, but there was no added pressure. I just went out there and played my normal game.”

FOR MORE FROM MATT, IAN HOLLOWAY AND A FULL REPORT SEE MONDAY’S GAZETTE