IT would be wrong to say Kevin Phillips was nervous before his first home start for Blackpool – when you’re at your eighth club, debuts tend to roll into one.
But there’s no doubt the 38-year-old was pleased to get on the scoring trail at his latest club with both Pool’s goals yesterday.
Phillips said: “I have had a few good debuts over the years and it is always nice to get off the mark, especially at home.
“It is always nice to get off to a flier, so I am naturally happy that both myself and the team have done that.”
Like his manager, Phillips was quick to acknowledge the role Peterborough played in a thrilling game and admitted the Seasiders were, at times, a little lucky.
“After the first half, we probably could have found ourselves going in trailing,” the striker said.
“They had a couple of one-on-ones and Matt Gilks made two fantastic saves, coming out, standing tall and making it difficult for their forwards.
“We had several goalmouth scrambles. I think Elliot (Grandin) hit the post, I had a header cleared off the line and it was scrambles galore.
“It was a fantastic ball from Alex Baptiste for my first goal. To be honest, all I had to do was get my head on it and direct it towards goal. It was quite a simple finish.
“In the second half, I thought we were excellent for 25 minutes or so. We knocked the ball around and I managed to get the second goal. It was a great move, including a great break from Keith Southern. I hoped he’d go for that corner, and that if he didn’t score the keeper would parry it.
“That’s exactly how it turned out and I haven’t had a tap-in like that for a long time, so it was nice. I’m delighted to have scored two goals but it is about the team performance.
“It was tense towards the end, as it was at Hull, but that is this league. Teams have quality and it isn’t over until the final whistle.
“You have to keep your concentration level high, but if we continue playing like that throughout the season we will get better and will have a great chance.”