Holloway - Phillips is vintage

Blackpool boss raises a glass to his evergreen striker

Kevin Phillips: The 38-year-old scored twice when Blackpool met Brighton earlier in the season

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Ian Holloway insists striker Kevin Phillips, like a fine wine, is getting better with age and the Blackpool boss is hoping he will be the toast of the town against Brighton this weekend.

The Championship warhorse was close to signing a deal to take him to the South Coast in the summer, but Holloway was determined to win the race for his signature.

Phillips, 38, showed Brighton boss Gus Poyet what he missed out on by scoring both goals in their 2-2 draw at the start of the season and Holloway is hoping for more of the same.

"I believe Kev will always score goals and it is great to have him around," said Holloway in the Blackpool Gazette. "He has proved such an important player for us.

"His knowledge of how to play the ball, when to play it and how to keep it is incredible. He is a master of his craft.

"He's like a bottle of wine - he gets better as he gets older and he has proved as good a free transfer as I have ever signed.

"If I could have played him in the Premier League last season I would have. Nobody scores goals better than him.

"Those goals at Brighton in August just summed up how good he is - especially that beautiful volley in stoppage time - and I'm sure he'll keep on scoring between now and the end of the season."