Pair ready to impress after Sheffield success

Matt Phillips scores for Sheffield United against Bradford City.

Matt Phillips scores for Sheffield United against Bradford City.

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BILLY Clarke and Matt Phillips have announced their determination to show Blackpool and Ian Holloway what they have been missing.

Both say they have never felt as sharp as they do now, after their successful loan spell at Sheffield United.

Billy Clarke playing for Sheffield United against Stevenage.

Billy Clarke playing for Sheffield United against Stevenage.

Phillips scored six goals in as many starts – the most prolific spell of his career – while Clarke was the creative hub of the Blades team.

United boss Danny Wilson was desperate to keep them for longer but Holloway, who wants as many attacking options as possible, called them back.

The pair train with their Pool team-mates at Squires Gate today and will be in the squad for the trip to third-placed Middlesbrough on Saturday week.

Phillips said: “I hadn’t scored for Blackpool since my debut more than a year ago (against Blackburn last September) and maybe that was playing on my mind.

“Maybe my confidence needed a boost but going to Sheffield United has given me that. I wouldn’t say it is the best I’ve ever played, but I have never scored six in a month before so I am very happy with that.

“I am feeling sharper and more confident now and I think I can continue to score goals. Playing as an attacker I think I need to have goals in my game, and hopefully it will continue at Blackpool.

“There are some good games coming up and I will do what Ian Holloway wants. Hopefully he will give me a chance, whether it is in the team or off the bench.”

While the 20-year-old hogged the headlines for his goalscoring exploits, Clarke was equally idolised by the Bramall Lane crowd for his tricky skills and vision.

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