QPR winger searches for improvement ahead of Blackpool return

Matt Phillips

Matt Phillips - Credit: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Matt Phillips insists he does not feel under extra pressure to add goals to his game as he prepares to face his former club this weekend.

Phillips returns to Blackpool with QPR on Saturday, having scored his first Rs goal since joining from the Tangerines in August.

But his spectacular strike in the 3-0 win over Bournemouth last week remains the Scotland international’s only goal for his new club in 12 appearances.

And with Harry Redknapp calling for more goals from his midfielders and wingers to supplement the excellent form of striker Charlie Austin, Phillips admits he has not yet shown his best form in a hooped shirt.

“Goals are something that I need in my game,” said Phillips. “I’m far from my peak, I’m still chasing some games, but as the games are going by I feel that I’m getting better and better.

“Coming into a new side you want to impress and it hasn’t quite happened yet.

“It was a relief to get the first. The first priority is to put in the performance, and if you are getting chances then you are doing something right. Sooner or later they will start hitting the net.

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“I don’t necessarily think there is more pressure on us to score. Junior [Hoilett] can score, I can score and there are other players in the side who can score goals. Hopefully it will click soon and it will not only be down to Charlie.”

Phillips made 67 appearances for the Tangerines between 2010 and 2013, and credits much of his progress to previous manager Ian Holloway and his successor Paul Ince.

Blackpool sit seventh in the table after last weekend’s hammering at Derby County, but the winger expects his old side to be in the frame for promotion at the end of the season, and believes QPR are in for a tough test in the north-west.

“I had a good three years there,” Phillips added. “That season in the Premier League was a good season, and the following season we got to Wembley.

“I’ve had an experience of the Premier League, and now I have the hunger to get back there.

“I still speak to a couple of the lads. I roomed with Tom Ince and I’m still close to a few of the boys. You want to do well in every game, but it’s an added incentive.

“My time under Ian Holloway gave me the freedom to express myself. Paul Ince as well, he did a lot of work with me on the training ground at the back end of last season.

“I would like to think they will be up there. I was with them in the summer and things were coming together.

“It will be a tough game, but I expect them to be there or thereabouts. We go into every game knowing that we can win, we just need to put in the performance.

“I like to think I’ll get a good reception, I had some good times with the club.”