KEVIN Phillips, a man who describes himself as “the most critical person ever”, helped salvage a point for Pool at Ipswich…and was disappointed.
With Pool 2-0 down after an hour, the 38-year-old came off the bench and set up a goal for Elliot Grandin, then powered in an equaliser.
But in typical Phillips fashion, he was more concerned about the one that got away and spent his after-match interview reflecting on a chance he missed in the final minutes. Through on goal, he smashed in a shot which was brilliantly saved by Ipswich keeper Alex McCarthy.
The frontman said: “I did enjoy getting some minutes on the pitch and scoring another goal, but being the most critical person ever I am more disappointed than happy because I feel I should have been walking away with two goals.
“I am really disappointed I didn’t score a second when I was put through. It was a good save – the keeper came out and spread himself.
“I thought about dinking it over him but then I decided to try to drill the ball through his legs, but I struck it too well and he saved it.”
Phillips reckons he had another goal pinched off him too. “Elliot definitely nicked my goal,” said Phillips, with a smile. “My header (which had been half-stopped by the keeper) was definitely going over the line.
“But I suppose you can’t blame Elliot because anything could have happened – a defender could have got back and cleared it.”
Phillips’ eighth goal of the season moves him ahead of Matt Phillips as the club’s top scorer – not bad going considering he last started against Burnley in October.
“I’ve only had 13 starts, so I’m pretty pleased with eight goals,” he added.
“I think it was Burnley my last start … not that I am thinking about it all the time!
“But I know that in this league you need pace up front to hurt teams, and with Matty Phillips, Tom Ince and LuaLua we have extreme pace in that area.
“But if I can be called upon as I was at Ipswich, with half an hour left to try to turn the game, then I’m happy to do that.”