Phillips prepared to be patient

10 November 2009 10:29
Blues manager Alex McLeish has made it clear the veteran striker will not start regularly this season but he still feels there is an important role for him to play.[LNB]Phillips admits he would like to be involved with the first team as much as possible but he respects McLeish and will do whatever he can to help out.[LNB]The 36-year-old insists he will soldier on for Birmingham's second string if necessary and make himself ready for when he is called upon by McLeish.[LNB]"I'd imagine further chances will come off the bench," Phillips told the Birmingham Mail.[LNB]"I think the manager has already said I won't be starting many games this year so I've just got to keep myself bright and keep that enthusiasm for when I do come off the bench. [LNB]"All I can do is use reserve games to try and get my match fitness. Hopefully that will stand me in good stead for when I do come off the bench. [LNB]"Where I am at the stage of my career, the amount of first-team games that I've played, for me to play in the reserves, yes, I'll be honest, part of me finds it difficult but that is part of the game. [LNB]"I'd rather be playing first-team football but that is limited options, so reserve games are the games when I've got to try and get my match fitness. I'll continue to do that."[LNB][LNB]

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