Double delight for Phillips

Matt Phillips followed up his contract extension at The Hawthorns on Friday with Albion’s first goal in a 3-2 victory against Blackburn Rovers.

The powerful winger extended his stay with the Baggies until 2022 before netting from close range against Blackburn to help his teammates to a sixth unbeaten Sky Bet Championship game.

And Phillips insists he is happy at The Hawthorns and wants to aid Albion’s top-flight push.

“We have got a top, top manager in charge,” he said.

“I believe in what we are doing and we are going in the right direction I feel. I want to be part of it and I want to get the Club back to the Premier League.

“I am delighted to get the contract over the line and signed and I am delighted to be staying here.

“Bringing someone like the boss in shows signs that we want to get into the Premier League and the players that we have signed are young and hungry and so are the players that have come up from the Under-23s and the youth system and we are all buying into what we are doing here.

“I thought we had a bad start on Saturday, but we showed good character to get ourselves back into it. In periods we played really good stuff.

“There’s been a few games where we thought we should have probably come away with all three points but we are still unbeaten going into a little break now. The boys can refresh themselves and come back and put another little run together.

“It’s good, I’ll speak about the people we have got in the changing room - they are good people. There’s plenty of competition which is always good. Everyone is knuckling down and enjoying themselves.

“We spoke a lot about getting more runners in behind and Matheus picked up the ball in some space and saw the opportunity to get in. I thought we got in a few times today which shows the hard work that we are putting into it.”

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