Matt Phillips scored his first goal for Blackpool on Saturday in their 2-1 defeat at home to Blackburn – a result that means little to Wycombe fans, but they are happy to see their boy do well.
A surprise inclusion to some, Matt Phillips went straight into the Blackpool squad after joining the Tangerines late in the transfer window. After several games without minutes on the pitch, he took the opportunity with both hands, when he graced the field for his debut appearance on Saturday afternoon.
Phillips bagged an equaliser in a game Blackpool ultimately lost at the death, but has raised his profile further with his cameo and stunning goal.
He had only been on the pitch a matter of moments before he used his deft pace and nimble footwork to cause chaos and confusion in the Blackburn defence.
Running at Givet down the right, he saw a gap and drilled a low effort from the edge of the area that eluded all in the box, and snuck delightfully into the bottom corner. Cue an elated Phillips and Blackpool as their new boy set the game alight.
Manager Ian Holloway was full of praise for his latest signing, and is more than aware of the potential gem he has on his hands as he said:
“He did great, scored a super goal and I'm excited about seeing what he can do over the season because the lad has bags of talent."
Lewis Montrose also scored his first goal for Phillips’ old club Wycombe at the weekend, and was ‘made-up’ for his friend.
"I will give him a call later and get him to talk me through his goal but he probably won’t ask how my goal went," he said. "But I will be congratulating him."
A dream debut for Phillips and one that will settle any nerves in the young England international’s boots. He will hope to get more games under his belt at Blackpool as they look to build on a valiant start to their first season in the top flight.
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