Phillips can fly so high

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Matt Phillips has been told to remain fearless when Birmingham come to town on Saturday and run at defenders with all he’s got.

The winger returned from his loan spell at Sheffield United to set up the Seasiders’ equaliser at Middlesbrough.

In his short time on the pitch, the 20-year-old looked full of confidence – and boss Ian Holloway was delighted with what he saw.

“I have never had a problem with Matt,” said Holloway. “He is a great lad and he is only going to get better.

“We brought him from Wycombe and played him in the Premier League. He scored on his debut, and then he was an impact player for us.

“What he has got to do for his development is actually get an end product. Any wideman will tell you that.

“I wanted to let him go away with England (to the Under-20 World Cup in South America in August).

“I discussed it with the chairman. We said, ‘Would we want him to play for England if he was our son?’

“The answer was yes we would, so we let him go, had three games without him and it backfired.

“He returned and had lost a bit of confidence.

“I am thankful to Sheffield United. They played him six or seven times and he is absolutely buzzing, so I welcomed him back.