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Phillips 'is staying at Blackpool'

19 August 2012

Manager Ian Holloway is going to force Matt Phillips to stay at Blackpool - despite the winger handing in a transfer request and pulling out of the 2-0 victory over Millwall.

Holloway, whose side triumphed thanks to one goal in each half from Thomas Ince, admitted Phillips had been the subject of a ?5million bid from Premier League club Southampton.

"What we do, we do together. We had a meeting about the Matt Phillips situation," Holloway said. "The situation was so public I couldn't lie to my players and tell them otherwise. He has handed in a transfer request but that means nothing."

He added: "They [Southampton] have offered ?5 million but we don't need the money. So what can they do? The player is on a contract and he's signed it.

"The lad [Phillips] is very disappointed and he is very stubborn and he didn't feel he could play.

"He was in my line-up until he told me that, and [Tiago] Gomes came in and he set up the first one so that's the way it goes."

Ince struck the first on 32 minutes after combining with Gomes and then wrapped up the game on the hour-mark by finishing off Gary Taylor-Fletcher's through-ball in style, to leave Millwall boss Kenny Jackett looking on in envy.

"It is a disappointing start. Ince was the difference, he sparked them and scored two very good goals," he said.

"We put in some terrific crosses and the forwards created chances, but their centre backs defended very well.

"It was a couple of bits of brilliance from Ince which won it. We were a bit disjointed at the back. The distribution was poor and that could be better and needs to be worked on, and I think they were poor goals to concede."


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