Phillips - 'My future's orange'

Phillips to remain with Seasiders

Last Updated: 12/05/12 3:50pm

Kevin Phillips says he's dreaming of scoring the Wembley goal that will take Blackpool back into the Premier League.

"I've been there twice before in the Play-Off final and unfortunately lost twice, but hopefully things will be different this time round and I'm really looking forward to it."

Kevin Phillips

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Ian Holloway's men face West Ham in the Championship Play-Off Final on May 19th, as both teams bid to restore their top flight status after being relegated last season.

Phillips has suffered the heartache of a play-off final defeat twice before with Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion, but he's hoping it will be a case of third time lucky when he faces the Hammers.

"It's been a long hard season and I think it's always difficult when you've been relegated from the Premier League to bounce back," the striker told Soccer AM.

"I don't think anyone gave us a chance because of the players we lost like Charlie Adam and Michael Vaughn. But the manager made some shrewd signings - i.e. myself and Barry Ferguson! He brought some experience in and we're there.

"It's a one-off game at Wembley - I've been there twice before in the Play-Off final and unfortunately lost twice, but hopefully things will be different this time round and I'm really looking forward to it."

Stubborn

Blackpool overcame a stubborn Birmingham side to reach the final, winning their two-legged semi-final 3-2 on aggregate.

Leading 1-0 from first leg, the Seasiders took firm control of the tie at St Andrew's on Wednesday night with two goals minutes either side of half-time, before being pegged back to 2-2 for a nervy finish.

And Phillips says it's simply not in Blackpool's nature to make things easy for themselves.

"It was always going to be tough [against] my old club," he said.

"It was mixed emotions for me on the night to be honest, but it was a fantastic atmosphere and we knew going there that, the way we attack, we would score goals. It was just whether we could keep a clean sheet.

"In the last month or so of the season I think we've kept about six or seven clean sheets, so we were confident going into the game.

"But typical Blackpool, we want to do it in style and it was a fantastic feeling at the end and in the changing room afterwards. We were hanging on at the end, but delighted to get there."

Shrewd

The former Sunderland forward became a free agent last summer after parting ways with Birmingham, but was quickly snapped up by Holloway in what has proved to be one of the signings of the season.

A shrewd operator in and around the box, Phillips has netted an impressive 17 times this term, and he says he will play for at least one more season before deciding where his future lies.

"I've already got a contract with Blackpool for next year, so I will be a Blackpool player come what next May and then I'll be 40 and it might be time to hang the boots up," he said.

"I have done a fair bit of media work and I do really enjoy that - whether I want to be a manager or coach I'm not so sure yet. But we'll cross that bridge when we come to it, I've got to get my [coaching] badges first."