Cardiff bid for Matt Phillips 'slightly outrageous' says Ian Holloway

Blackpool's Matt Phillips
Matt Phillips has been in fine goal-scoring form for Blackpool this season

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway says Cardiff City over-reached themselves by bidding for Matt Phillips.

The Bluebirds had an £800,000 offer for the attacking wideman rejected during the January transfer window.

Phillips' worth was underlined on Saturday when his two late goals saw the Tangerines win 3-1 at Cardiff.

"I think they were a little bit ambitious there, if he goes anywhere it'll be one of the top five clubs in the country," Holloway said.

"He won't have to wait for Cardiff to become that, so slightly ambitious, slightly outrageous.

"But never mind, it proves they're right doesn't it, what he's done today.

"He's a good lad, he's a good player and shows what he can do.

"We've got to get everything right around him for him to shine.

"Luckily for me he can do a right wing-back role and still get forward because he's such a great athlete."

Phillips, 20, who was a £325,000 buy from Wycombe Wanderers in August 2010, has already hit 15 goals this season from his 28 appearances.

"It's just wonderful when he runs with it [the ball]; what he's managing to do now is believe in himself and find the back of the net, and he rolled them [the goals] in, actually rolled them into the corner," Holloway added.

"I've got fantastic players and I can't thank them enough; we've got different options now.

"I haven't used [Tom] Ince today and I haven't used [Lomano] LuaLua, it's quite unbelievable.

"We actually started today with four full internationals on the bench and I honestly don't know when Blackpool have done that before."

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