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Phillips: We were in control

20 April 2014

Midfielder delighted with Hartlepool win

Burton Albion midfielder Jimmy Phillips says Saturday’s 3-0 win oat home to Hartlepool Uited had been in the making for a while.


Phillips scored the second of the three goals to all but secure a top seven finish for the Brewers, who play Newport County away on Monday.


Albion looked comfortable throughout the game, and Phillips was happy as he reflected on a good home performance.


“We’ve been threatening a performance like that for a while, especially in the first half of games where we’ve played well and looked like we’d batter a team. It seems to have come today and it’s nice when that happens.


“I felt like we were in control on the pitch, ad that isn’t always the case as sometimes you’re a bit nervy, but all the lads felt confident. Once we got the first goal we didn’t sit back and we kept pushing forward, which is something we’ve been a bit guilty of earlier in the season and we’re obviously delighted with today.


“We’ve been hanging onto games at times with a 1-0 and to get the second goal as we did relaxed everyone. We wouldn’t say that we knew the job was done but it gives us a lot more confidence to keep pushing on for more goals,” said Phillips.


It was a good day for the midfielder on a personal level, with his third goal of the season rounding off another good display.


“It was an alright goal. I give credit to Robbie Weir as he saw me on the edge of the box and laid it off for me to hit first time. I hit it quite sweetly and it was nice to see it go in.


“It worked well for me today, most of the things I tried seemed to come off. To get the goal on top of the performance is something I always aim for and I hope to add to my game more,” Phillips added.


With such a cose turnaround between games over Easter, Phillips says the nature of the victory can be an advantage ahead of Monday’s visit to South Wales.


“It does make it easier going into Monday’s game. If today was more of a battle it would have made Monday harder, but to be so professional today helps us to get ready for the next game, and I’m sure we’ll be fresh and ready to go on Monday.”


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