Blackpool striker Kevin Phillips has paid tribute to manager Ian Holloway after the striker hit his second double in a week to peg back Brighton and Hove Albion.

The Seagulls soared into a two-goal lead courtesy of Craig Mackail-Smith and Ashley Barnes's goals either side of halftime, but Phillips rolled back the years with a header and a stoppage time volley to salvage a point for Ian Holloway's Tangerines.

And Phillips has special praise for his manager, who he says has always believed in him.

“It is great to have a manager who will pick you and wants you to lead the line. I don’t feel like I’ve had that for two years," he said.

“Ian Holloway wanted me to come and he wanted me to play. I have shown him that I have got the fitness to finish games.

Having played three games in eight days, the 38-year-old could be forgiven for feeling on the verge of burnout before the season has barely begun, but Phillips has rubbished suggestions that age will play a role in his contribution this season.

“I feel strong towards the end of games, so age is no concern," he added.


 

“I’ve heard the gaffer reckons I can play into my 40s! Let’s just get this season out of the way first and see how I feel.

“But I can’t speak highly enough of the manager. He brought me to the club and I am now playing for a manager who trusts me.

“To have finished three games in a week and scored four goals, I am just delighted with that.”

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