Phillips targets promotion push

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MATT Phillips has set his sights on propelling Sheffield United back into the thick of the promotion race after enduring a baptism of fire on his debut for the South Yorkshire club.

The Blackpool winger arrived at Bramall Lane on loan only 48 hours before his substitute appearance during Sunday’s Steel City derby.

Phillips, who could make his first start for Danny Wilson’s side when United’s League One campaign resumes at Preston North End tomorrow, said: “I’m really excited about what’s ahead. This is a really great club. I’m really looking forward to being here.

“It’s a great chance for me to play some games on a really good stage and hopefully help us kick on.”

Phillips, who has been joined at United by Bloomfield Road teammate Billy Clarke, added: “I didn’t know what to expect before the first game but the atmosphere was something else.

“It’s a pity we couldn’t hold on for the win but we played some good stuff and you can see there is a lot of real quality here.”

United head to Deepdale seventh in the table after drawing 2-2 with Sheffield Wednesday. Their opponents are a point and a place higher in sixth after losing at Walsall on Saturday.

Teenage defender Harry Maguire will undergo a fitness test after injuring his knee against Wednesday but midfielder Lee Williamson is fit after Wilson revealed he made way for Phillips during the second-half to avoid being sent off after being cautioned earlier in the match.

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