Top flight football means more to Phillips
Matt Phillips insists Premier League football would mean more than the £5m promotion bonus on offer to Blackpool's squad.
The Seasiders booked their place in the npower Championship play-off final against West Ham after coming through a pulsating semi-final second leg with Birmingham on Wednesday night. Chairman Karl Oyston pledged the windfall to be shared among the club's players should they triumph at Wembley, a repeat of the jackpot handed out two years ago when they beat Cardiff in the showpiece final. The deal was agreed before the start of this season, with Blackpool's players on a lower basic wage compared to other sides in the Championship. "It's always extra incentive but the lads want to be in the Premier League," said Phillips, whose goal early in the second half ultimately gave Ian Holloway's side the edge in a 3-2 aggregate triumph. "With the bonus as well, it's an added incentive. "Definitely (the Premier League means more). We've got a great squad here and players who can go and play in the Premier League. We're looking forward to it, we'll go and play at Wembley and we'll go and put a good fight against West Ham." He added: "We've been written off ever since we went up to the Premier League two seasons ago, it won't faze us. We'll go into it knowing we can win, knowing we can score goals, and we've been keeping clean sheets for fun recently."