The young striker speaks after the B team drew 2-2 on Saturday
– Kieran Phillips speaks after the B team’s draw with Blackburn
– The striker scored a late equalizer after an earlier goal was ruled out
– Phillips: “I just want to play as much as possible”
Kieran Phillips wants to build on the momentum he built through his loan spells last season now that the 2022/23 campaign is underway.
The former Everton striker got off to a good start on Saturday, scoring the late equalizer in the B team’s 2-2 draw with Blackburn Rovers at the Millers Oils High Performance Complex.
He could have had more, having seen an earlier goal scored due to a late offside flag!
“I think I should have had two – it was a questionable decision for offside! However, that’s how it is and if I put one in the back of the net, I’m happy,” said Kieran htafc.com post game.
He continued: “There’s a goal in every game, and the goal today was to put minutes in everyone’s legs.
“I thought we started slow, but we grew and by the end I thought we were on top.”
A notable feature of the match was the commanding voice of returning centre-back Will Boyle, who led the team with 90 minutes under his belt.
“It’s huge,” agreed Kieran. “It helps organize everyone. It’s particularly good when he plays with a young centre-half like Loïck (Ayina), because he knows how to organize a four-man defense. I hope players like that realize this and incorporate it into their game.”
Last season was important for the 22-year-old. He played a total of 43 games in Sky Bet League 2, first for Walsall before moving to Exeter City and helping the Greeks claim promotion.
Having suffered from serious knee injuries in his youth, playing regularly was a significant hurdle for Kieran to overcome.
He explained: “It was a very good experience. I learned that my body could cope with the intensity of playing English football where the games are on Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday, which I was happy with. It’s probably been questioned before, but I’m confident I can do it now. That was the main focus last year – my first full season of senior football.
“I was happy to be on the scoresheet a few times, but I felt I could have scored more if I had started further up front. However, I really enjoyed the season – I found it precious.
“Now I just want to play as much as I can.”
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