Phillips prepares for Pool backlash

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Matt Phillips says Blackpool’s players are desperate to make up for the Brighton horror show with a win against Derby.

The Seasiders are hoping to forget the weekend’s 6-1 hammering, knowing three points on Saturday would secure their place in the Championship for another season.

And the squad seem determined to show the supporters that their south coast calamity was a one-off.

“We are looking to bounce back,” said Phillips. “There’s not a lot we can say about Saturday – it was a bad day at the office.

“Every week we all look to perform at a decent level but everyone seemed to have an off day.

“We are looking to put it all behind us now. You can talk about us being tired and things, but there are no excuses really. We just weren’t good enough.

“Brighton are a good side. They have a good set-up and a good team, and they aren’t in the play-offs for no reason.

“We are up for Saturday’s game, even more now after what happened at Brighton.

“We trained really hard yesterday and we intend to all week.

“All we are thinking of now is putting it right with three points on Saturday.”

Phillips is the first to admit this season hasn’t been what he’d hoped. After firing 18 goals last season, he’s managed only three this time.

But he’s shown a real 
improvement since the arrival of Paul Ince and is hoping to end the season on a high.

He said: “I’m loving life 
under the new manager. It’s taken me a while to get my form but since the
gaffer has come in it’s been first class.

“He takes me to one side, helps me with my shooting and really works on my game.”

Phillips is looking to build on his stunning late winner against Crystal Palace.

He said:“The Palace game was a great day for me. You can’t beat the feeling of scoring a goal, especially in a big game.

“That goal is right in at no.1 on my career list.”

Pool lie four points above the relegation zone, with only two games left to play.

Many feel the 55 points they already have will be enough to keep them up, but Phillips isn’t willing to take the risk.

He said: “We aren’t going to rest on 55 points.

“We want at least three points to make sure and hopefully we will get them against Derby on Saturday.

“Three more points will make us safe, and we want to be able to go into the final game against Bolton with more freedom.”