KEVIN Phillips was described as a shining example of how to be a successful footballer after his wonderstrike to sink Millwall.
The Seasiders frontman struck just a couple of minutes after coming off the bench, his seventh goal of the season and enough to earn the points.
But it was his attitude and professionalism that earned as much praise as his actual finish from boss Ian Holloway, who pointed out that not once has the 38-year-old complained about being left out of the starting line-up.
Holloway said: “Kevin Phillips’ finish was superb. How many more times can he do that? For me he is a fantastic example of why this club is so good. He hasn’t moaned once.
“The support for him at Burnley (where Phillips started in a poor team performance) wasn’t right. I have left him out and worked on the support, and he will now look a lot better in the team.
“He understands. He wants us to win, and what a great example to a lad like Tom Ince, who probably doesn’t deserve to be left out after how well he was playing.
But when he looks at Kevin Phillips, he will think, ‘Hang on a minute, he’s taken it the right way, so I’d better too’.”
Pool have recorded back-to-back wins for the first time since the opening week of the campaign (Hull and Peterborough) and Holloway added: “I thoroughly enjoyed watching us play.
“It was a very tough game but obviously we were in good spirits. We all felt euphoric after our wonderful performance at Leeds.”