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6 November 2022



6 November 2022

The match-winner for the Reds spoke to iFollow Barnsley after our Emirates FA Cup first round win at Bolton Wanderers.

The 24-year-old got off the mark for the Reds at the University of Bolton Stadium and praised his teammates for their efforts in obtaining a successful result.

"Delighted with the performance," he began. "We knew coming here that it was going to be another tough game, as we found out in the league a couple of weeks ago when it was 0-0.

"We knew what we were going to be up against and I thought everyone to a man was really good. I'm really pleased to be in the draw for the next round."

Michael Duff's side took the lead inside the opening ten minutes, with Ricardo Almeida Santos turning into his own goal after a venomous cross by Nicky Cadden on the left.

Phillips believed the positive start to the affair helped set the tone for the Reds and provided confidence against an outfit that run a tight ship at home.

"They don't concede many at home and they don't lose many at home either," he discussed. "So, to get off to the start that we did, we felt we could have probably scored a few more as well."

Just after the half-hour mark, Phillips was on hand to double our lead with a thunderous half-volley into the top corner of James Trafford's goal.

The move building up to the goal saw Liam Kitching play a pinpoint cross-field ball to Jordan Williams on the opposite flank who set the ball back nicely for Phillips to hit. The Garstang-born player revealed this is a pattern of play that has been worked on on the training pitch this week.

"In training, Jordan's been getting a bit higher," he said. "We worked on me getting sort of in that little inside position. Luckily, he managed to find me and I've got my first touch right, hit it well, and watched it fly into the top corner."

The victory was the Reds' first ever at the University of Bolton Stadium and saw us progress to the second round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Phillips feels overcoming a big challenge such as Bolton in the opening round will hopefully stand them in good stead for whoever the draw presents in the next stage of the competition.

"It was a tough, tough draw," he admitted. "Coming here was probably one of the hardest teams we could have faced. But, we've got through it.

"We'll be looking out for who we get in the next round and hopefully we can just keep progressing."

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