Vital Football

Latest Blackpool FC News

Fans Call For Phillips To Start

Fans Call For Phillips To Start

In our latest poll, we asked you whether Ian Holloway should throw youngster Matt Phillips in from the start tomorrow against Liverpool.

And an overwhelming 90% believe that he should.

Phillips has of course only made one appearance for the Seasiders since arriving from Wycombe in the summer; his superb 10 minute cameo from the bench against Blackburn last weekend.

The youngster's superb goal looked to have earned the 'Pool a point against Rovers until Brett Emerton's late winner, but it wasn't just his goal that caught the eye; his all round play was genuinally superb during the short time that he was on the field.

It's very hard to judge a player's ability and potential in such a short time frame, but equally impressive displays for the reserves against West Brom and Arsenal suggest that this was no flash in the pan and that the Seasiders have got a player with real potential on their hands.

The advantage of throwing him in against Liverpool is that there would be no pressure on him; we're not expected to get a result tomorrow and the game would undoubtedly be great experience for him.

On the flipside, Matt Phillips is the name on everyone's lips right now. There's a danger that after his cameo against Blackburn that fans expect similar performances every week from him, and that the pressure of expectation could be too much for the 19 year old and he might freeze on such a big occasion. Let's face it, just a few months ago he was turning out for Wycombe in the lower leagues... Liverpool is a big step up from that.

Personally I would have him on the bench again but look to give him a run out. As great as I thought he looked against Blackburn, this game might have just come a bit too soon for him.

Sometimes you need to wrap a player in cotton wool to prevent a case of 'too much, too soon, too fast', and this weekend might be a weekend for cotton wool for Matt Phillips.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Eamonn Moore
Date:Saturday October 2 2010
Time: 12:58PM

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Tyson Fury Retires?

Recent Blackpool Articles

September TV Selections Made - Soon To Be Announced

Sky Sports selected their TV picks for the month of September last week and fans will know which games have effected on Wednesday.

Academy Sides Now Drawn For EFL Trophy 2017

A short time ago the EFL finally announced who would be playing which Academy side in this year's EFL Trophy.

Groups To Be Confirmed For EFL Trophy 2017/18

Following on from the earlier draw for clubs in League One and Two, the 16 invited Category One...

EFL Trophy Group Stage Info 2017

With the announcement of the Category One Academy clubs that had been invited to participate in this year's EFL Trophy yesterday, here are the full...

Archived Vital Blackpool Articles

Vital Blackpool articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Blackpool
Write For Vital Blackpool
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

PO - Exeter MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Slocombe6%
Aimson8%
Aldred3%
Robertson1%
Payne5%
Mellor1%
Danns15%
Potts25%
Daniel3%
Cullen25%
Vassell3%
Sub - Osayi-Samuel1%
Sub - Black1%
Sub - Flores3%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Blackpool Results (view all)

Blackpool Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.premier 1113
2.SeasideEssexXile68
3.Bear195158
4.bfcpete39
5.nodrogaty28
6.AbelBFC27
7.whitey194227
8.Hastings19
9.BobHatton17
10.SaskPool15
Vital Football Comment