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Ince: Big Chance For Phillips

Posted: Fri 05 Apr 2013
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Manager Hopes Goal Starts Run

Paul Ince hopes that Matty Phillips' winner against Crystal Palace on Monday will help him rediscover his goalscoring prowess. 

The 22-year-old, who scored 18 goals last season, has endured a frustrating campaign this time around due to injury and has been trying to play his way back to form. 

His strike against Ian Holloway's side was his first since October and the manager believes that the confidence gained from that could give him a major boost on the field. 

"We were just praying that it went in because Matty deserves it," he said. "He comes in and smiles, he's never a problem, he works hard and you just want something to go right for him. It was a great finish and he deserved it because he's stuck at it. 

"This is a chance for Matty to push on now. His performances haven't been bad, and I said to him after the game that as long as he keeps working hard things will turn around. Some players start to sulk and mope and feel sorry for themselves when things aren't going for them. Matty has always been positive and I've done a lot of shooting with him after training, just to get that feeling back of putting the ball in the back of the net again. 

"That goal was a relief for everyone and everyone felt great for him. He's got to keep doing it now so hopefully that's the monkey off his back," he added. 

Phillips will now look to help fire Blackpool to victory at Nottingham Forest, a side unbeaten since Billy Davies returned as manager in February. 

"Billy seems to fit right at Forest and he's turned them around," Ince admitted. "They're one of those teams, a bit like Blackpool last year, that just come from nowhere and are then all of a sudden in the play-offs.

"We seem to do well against good teams - we went to Watford and beat them and beat Palace with 10 men - so we go there with plenty of confidence. We know that we're good enough, on our day, to compete with anyone in this league."  

Blackpool head to the City Ground without the services of midfielder Barry Ferguson due to suspension, while Matt Derbyshire also misses the trip owing to the terms of his loan agreement.