Adam Phillips confessed his pride in leading U23s to victory on Monday afternoon (21st October), in a 2-1 win over Barnsley at Curzon Ashton’s Tameside Stadium.
Despite conceding an early goal from a Tykes set piece in the seventh minute, Burnley hit back through a Lewis Richardson brace in the second half, as the Clarets extended their unbeaten run to 12 matches in all competitions this season.
And Phillips, who stepped in as captain to replace role of the ill Anthony Glennon, believes the sides’ team management to hang on and secure all three points is a great attribute to have in the arsenal, as the visitors applied late pressure on a crisp afternoon in Ashton-under-Lyne
The former Liverpool youngster said: “I feel like in the first-half we didn’t really get going, it was a sloppy goal to give away from a set-piece.
“But we regrouped at half-time and got together and the second half was a lot better, then seeing the game out was just great game management from the boys.
“Being one of the older lads, it’s always good to try and give instruction on the pitch but being captain is a great honour and I knew I had a part to play.
“So, after going 1-0 down in the first half, I’d have to regroup the lads at the break, and we had a chat as a team, and it worked out well.
“I think sometimes you just have to stick together as a group, dig in and try not give any cheap free-kicks around the area, as the clocks ticking.
“I think more recently in games we have been seeing them out well and it is something that we learning to improve on that each game.
“But to be 12 matches unbeaten in all competitions this season speaks for itself and the run goes on.”
Young forward Richardson grabbed his second goal of the season last Monday against Wigan, with his first goal coming back in August.
But Phillips believes the first-year scholar, who grabbed his third and fourth goal of the season on Monday afternoon, is forming a formidable partnership in attack alongside Rob Harker.
“I think it was just a case of time with Lewis (Richardson), you can see how much quality he has.
“He’s only 16 and is playing with us in the 23s every week, so that says a lot.
“He is causing all defenders problems up-top with Rob (Harker) and he’s just kept at it and it’s paid off, so it’s good to see,” said Phillips.