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Veteran Phillips believes Brum future is bright

Kevin Phillips believes he has a future in the Premier League after the veteran Birmingham striker came off the subs' bench to earn a dramatic 2-1 win over Wolves at St Andrew's yesterday.

Phillips, 36, has had only a bit part to play during the first half of the campaign and revealed he had offers to move to other clubs during last month's transfer window.

But City manager Alex McLeish has promised Phillips, whose current contract runs out in the summer, will have more game time during the rest of the season.

And the deadly finishing of Phillips was demonstrated as his two goals in five minutes enabled the Blues to win 2-1 after Kevin Doyle's goal had looked set to lift Wolves out of the bottom three.

Phillips said: "I think I've shown that I can still do it. It was only last season that I was still knocking goals in for fun.

"People forget about you when you are not playing week in and week out but I believe, as I did at the start of the season, that I can still do a job in this league."

Wolves must be sick of the sight of Phillips, who has scored goals against them throughout his career including a hat-trick for Southampton in 2003 and four in two games for local rivals West Brom during the 2006/07 season.

He said: "I think my record is pretty good against them. They are probably fed up of me as you heard when I came on. Their fans booed me quite a bit."

Wolves remain in 19th spot after Phillips' quickfire double means they have gone six league matches without a win, but boss Mick McCarthy is in a defiant mood.

He said: "We played well but, when that happens and you lose like that, you feel a little hard done by and it becomes increasingly difficult to go again.

"The beauty is we've another game against Spurs at home on Wednesday and, if we play like that in our remaining games, I don't think we can be written off.

"When you've that spirit and played the way we did, it would be remiss of anyone to do it."


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