Sunday, March 28, 2010

Kevin Phillips hit a big milestone in his career yesterday, notching his 250th goal in stoppage time against Arsenal.

It's a great achievement for any player to reach and I've lost count how many times Phillips has hit late goals, and vital goals at that, in recent seasons. He seems to have made a whole new career out of last ditch and supersub goals.

The former England international hasn't exactly been a journeyman in the latter stages of his career, but he hasn't been in the limelight and top flight too much either. The one thing that has remained constant is that he still bangs in the goals.

Watford, Sunderland, Southampton and the Midland trifecta of Aston Villa, West Brom and currently Birmingham, are the Clubs that have marked Phillips career and although 36 now, it hasn't stopped him performing at the highest level and proving to be handful to top Premiership defences across England.

He first came to most people's attention with his prolific 113 goals in 208 appearances between 1997 and 2003. That was the time that he earned his 8 England international caps and having a best friend that is a Sunderland fan, he made sure I knew all about Phillips at the time!

It's great to see such a top striker still banging in the goals. Oh for my relegation threatened sides of East Fife and West Ham to have someone like Kevin Phillips doing the business for them right now.

Sometimes it can be just one player that's the difference between you surviving and not and both of my sides are finding that out right now the hard way.


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