Blackpool new boy Kevin Phillips is keeping his chin up after a disappointing debut defeat to Rangers in a pre-season friendly, and was pleased to get ‘a good work-out’ under his belt as he looks to repay the faith shown in him by manager Ian Holloway.
The Seasiders lost 2-0 at home to the Scottish Premier League winners in his first game at Bloomfield Road, but the 37-year-old, who has a one-year deal with the club, remains positive. Phillips told the Blackpool website he is ready to push the club into the Premier League, after their brief flirtation with life in the top flight...
What did you make of the game against Rangers?
It's never easy when you play your first pre-season game, especially when you're playing the Scottish champions and their season starts this weekend. But we'll get there and we're pleased with parts of the performance - we're disappointed to concede two sloppy goals, but they had that extra pace and movement and sharpness because they've played six or seven games.
So nothing too much to worry about at this early stage?
As a group we're not too concerned, and on a personal note I think I had a few good touches here and there, but it's only my eighth day back in training, because I missed the first week - but it was a good work-out. It was nice to play at Bloomfield Road, I've played here a few times and scored a few goals against Blackpool.
What are your personal goals for this season following your move from Birmingham?
It would be nice to get off to a flyer and score a few goals for the club - it was a great turnout tonight from the fans and a terrific atmosphere as well, the Rangers fans came out in their numbers. Promotion is what we'll set out to get, I'm sure the manager hasn't stopped signing players and if two or three more quality players arrive before the start of the season, we'll be looking strong.
What are your first impressions of working with Ian Holloway?
You hear a lot of people talking about the manager and he hasn't let me down so far, he's so knowledgeable about the game and enthusiastic and that rubs off on players - hopefully that will rub off on me and I'm looking forward to the season now.
How much do you think your experience can help the club?
I've got to repay the club, not too many clubs would've taken me and put their trust in me at my age and given me a contract, but I still believe and the gaffer still believes that I can do a job at this level. I showed last season in the Premier League that I've still got the fitness and I was a yard off against Rangers but that will come, and I'm hopeful I'll chip in with a fair few goals this season and play a lot of games.