MATT Phillips says his sensational winner against Crystal Palace has been a long time coming.
The winger’s late stunner secured a vital three points in Blackpool’s fight for survival.
Phillips had gone 19 games without a goal for the Seasiders, after scoring 18 last season.
But he ended his drought in some style with the only goal against Ian Holloway’s side at Bloomfield Road yesterday.
Phillips said: “The goal has been a long time coming, that’s for sure.
“Tom Ince gave me a good lay-off. On our pitch you just have to get as good a connection as possible.
“I tried to concentrate on striking it well, instead of the power and luckily it flew in. I was delighted to see it flying towards the top corner.
“There’s nothing better than scoring a goal. I’m over the moon.”
With Wolves and Barnsley winning below them, a defeat for Pool would have left them level on points with Huddersfield, who currently sit in the Championship’s third relegation spot. Instead, Blackpool are now 15th in the table on 50 points and looking much more comfortable.
But Phillips knows the job isn’t yet done. He said: “We are a couple of points from eighth but three from the relegation zone, it’s so tight.
“But we’ve got enough quality to put some wins together now and push up the table.
“It was a very good team performance on Monday.
“I think we’ve done well in recent weeks, without luck really being on our side.
“It was a tough 90 minutes. To go down to 10 men (after Barry Ferguson’s dismissal) was always going to be tough for us. We were on top before the sending-off, and as a team we really dug in and got a big three points.”
The Seasiders will be pleased with four points from two tough games over Easter.
They drew away at Blackburn on Friday and Phillips added: “Four points out of six is good. We’ve come away from tough games unbeaten.
“We just need to keep picking up points to get to where we should be.
“We dug in for the cause. We are a team, we always stick together and yesterday we got ourselves out of trouble.”
Phillips has scored three goals from 29 games in a season which has seen him miss nine weeks through injury.
But he hopes he can end strongly.
“It’s been an up and down season for me. I’ve struggled for form since my injury really,” said the 22-year-old. But I’ve kept working hard and hopefully I can start scoring some goals now.
“I don’t want to blame the pitch but it’s been hard for players like Tom and I. The gaffer wants us to work hard and that’s what I do.
“The lads are saying the winner must have come off my ankle but I’m delighted to get the goal.
“More importantly it meant three points for the team and a step closer to where we want to be.”