Blackpool 1 West Bromwich 3: Phillips' late show fires West Bromwich to the summit

The value of having Kevin Phillips on hand to turn a poor night into a successful one could not have been better illustrated as Albion shook off the disappointment of their FA Cup semi-final defeat by grabbing pole position in the Championship on goal difference last night.

Tony Mowbray's side came from behind with three goals inside the last 10 minutes after the 34-year-striker had stepped of the bench to steal the show. Phillips scored twice himself, once from the penalty spot, as Albion secured a flattering scoreline to dislodge Bristol City at the top.

Game Blackpool, beaten only once in eight games previously, led from the 35th minute through Ben Burgess' header. Albion, second best in the first half, did better after the break but only after Phillips was sent on with 24 minutes left did they look like a side with Premier League ambitions.

Phillips put Albion level after 81 minutes, his penalty going in off a post after Carl Hoefkens had been brought down by Stephen Crainey, then stunned the home side three minutes later, his composure standing out as he stole between two defenders to flick home Ishmael Miller's cross and claim his 24th goal of the season. Their tails up, Albion scored their third goal in the space of six minutes when Miller raced through a shellshocked Blackpool defence to drive the ball past Paul Rachubka for his 16th of the campaign.

Yet for much of the contest, manager Mowbray's decision to rotate his line-up after the Cup defeat by Portsmouth looked to have been the wrong one.

Blackpool could have had the points wrapped up by half-time. Burgess powered a header against the bar after 13 minutes and Stephen McPhee wasted a clear chance by shooting wide after 26, before the home side's pressure paid off in the 35th minute, Burgess moving well to meet Crainey's free-kick and head his ninth goal of the season.

Albion improved after the break but it was not until Phillips entered the fray that they were able to force the issue, leaving Blackpool still a win away from making themselves safe.

Blackpool (4-4-2): Rachubka; Barker, Evatt, Gorkss, Crainey; Hoolahan, Flynn (Southern, 86), Jorgensen, Taylor-Fletcher; McPhee (Dickov, 77), Burgess (Holt, 86). Substitutes not used: Flinders (gk), Coid.

West Bromwich Albion (4-1-3-2): Kiely; Hoefkens, Albrechtsen (Barnett, 28), Clement, Robinson; Pele (Morrison, h-t); Brunt (Phillips, 66), Greening, Koren; Miller, Moore. Substitutes not used: Bednar, Kim Do-Heon.

Referee: J Moss (West Yorkshire).

* A thrilling Sheffield derby ended 2-2 at Bramall Lane last night. Adam Bolder struck twice for Wednesday before Richard Wood's own goal brought United back into it. James Beattie equalised for the Blades with a stunning late free kick with five minutes to go.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Babysitter Katie and Paul have terse words in the park
tvReview: The strength of the writing keeps viewers glued to their seats even when they are confronted with the hard-hitting scenes
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
American singer, acclaimed actor of stage and screen, political activist and civil rights campaigner Paul Robeson (1898 - 1976), rehearses in relaxed mood at the piano.
filmSinger, actor, activist, athlete: Paul Robeson was a cultural giant. But prejudice and intolerance drove him to a miserable death. Now his story is to be told in film...
Sport
England’s opening goalscorer Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain battles with Scotland’s Charlie Mulgrew
FootballEngland must learn to keep possession and dictate games before they are exposed by the likes of Germany and Brazil
Life and Style
Make-up artists prepare contestants for last year’s Miss World, held in Budapest
fashion
Sport
Wigan Athletic’s back-of-the shirt sponsor Premier Range has pulled out due to Malky Mackay’s arrival
Football
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

US immigration: President Obama ready to press ahead with long-promised plan to overhaul 'broken system' - but will it get past a Republican-controlled Congress?

Immigration: Obama's final frontier

The President is ready to press ahead with the long-promised plan to overhaul America's 'broken system' - but will it get past a Republican-controlled Congress?
Bill Cosby rape allegations explained: Why are these allegations coming out now? Why didn’t these women come forward earlier? And why has nobody taken legal action?

Bill Cosby rape allegations explained

Why are these allegations coming out now? Why has nobody taken legal action? And what happens next for the man once thought of as 'America's Dad'
Four years of excruciating seizures caused by the 1cm tapeworm found burrowing through a man's brain

You know that headache you’ve got?

Four years of excruciating seizures caused by the 1cm tapeworm found burrowing through a man's brain
Travelling to work by scooter is faster than walking and less sweaty than cycling, so why aren’t we all doing it?

Scoot commute

Travelling to work by scooter is faster than walking and less sweaty than cycling, so why aren’t we all doing it?
Paul Robeson: The story of how an American icon was driven to death to be told in film

The Paul Robeson story

How an American icon was driven to death to be told in film
10 best satellite navigation systems

Never get lost again: 10 best satellite navigation systems

Keep your vehicle going in the right direction with a clever device
Paul Scholes column: England must learn to keep possession and dictate games before they are exposed by the likes of Germany and Brazil

Paul Scholes column

England must learn to keep possession and dictate games before they are exposed by the likes of Germany and Brazil
Michael Dawson: I’ll thank Spurs after we win says defender as he prepares to return with Hull

Michael Dawson: I’ll thank Spurs after we win

Hull defender faces his struggling former club on Sunday ready to show what they are missing. But he says he will always be grateful to Tottenham
Frank Warren column: Dr Wu has big plans for the professionals yet he should stick to the amateur game

Frank Warren column

Dr Wu has big plans for the professionals yet he should stick to the amateur game
Synagogue attack: Fear unites both sides of Jerusalem as minister warns restoring quiet could take 'months'

Terror unites Jerusalem after synagogue attack

Rising violence and increased police patrols have left residents of all faiths looking over their shoulders
Medecins sans Frontieres: The Ebola crisis has them in the headlines, but their work goes far beyond West Africa

'How do you carry on? You have to...'

The Ebola crisis has Medecins sans Frontieres in the headlines, but their work goes far beyond West Africa
Isis extends its deadly reach with suicide bombing in Kurdish capital

Isis extends its deadly reach with suicide bombing in Kurdish capital

Residents in what was Iraq’s safest city fear an increase in jihadist attacks, reports Patrick Cockburn
Underwater photography competition winners 2014 - in pictures

'Mysterious and inviting' shot of diver wins photography competition

Stunning image of cenote in Mexico takes top prize
Sir John Major: Negative West End portrayals of politicians put people off voting

Sir John Major hits out at theatres

Negative West End portrayals of politicians put people off voting
Kicking Barbie's butt: How the growth of 3D printing enabled me to make an army of custom-made figurines

Kicking Barbie's butt

How the growth of 3D printing enabled toy-designer to make an army of custom-made figurines