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Kevin Phillips rolls back the years - Again

Kevin Phillips

Crystal Palace left Vicarage Road on Friday night with an unlikely point following a 2-2 draw against fellow promotion-chasing rivals Watford.

Losing 2-0 at half time, a change in tactics and personnel from Palace boss, Ian Holloway ensured that Palace completed an excellent comeback in the Championship London derby.

Much of Palace fans gratitude will be levelled towards veteran striker Kevin Phillips, a deadline day loan signing from Blackpool, whose 70th minute strike gained the Eagles a well deserved point for their improved second half.

The leveller signified yet another landmark for Phillips, who scored for his eight separate English club against the club where the striker started his professional career. The finish itself showed the trademark composure and positioning that has come to be expected of Phillips over the years.

Holloway had nothing but positive words to say about Phillips after the game, claiming the striker was '39 going on 18, and I'm delighted for him'.

It is not the first time Phillips has played under Ian Holloway, with the Palace manager formerly managing Phillips at Blackpool and Holloway will no doubt appreciate the support that Phillips' signing will give star striker Glenn Murray. Murray has chipped in with a fantastic 24 goal return so far this season and sits at the top of the Championship strike chart, but has carried a heavy burden for grabbing the goals, with Andre Moritz and Wilfried Zaha the joint second top scorers with just five goals a piece. Phillips' presence alone could help to take a load off the shoulders.

Not only that but the experience that Phillips brings to Palace is essential in a promotion push for a squad that has one of the youngest average age's in the league. The striker has achieved promotion to the Premier League with Sunderland, West Brom and Birmingham which will add great knowledge and wisdom of the situation and how to prepare best for achieving the feat.

For Blackpool, letting Phillips go may be seen as a poor decision. After all with the Seasiders also heavily reliant on the goals of one player - this time Tom

Ince, a winger by trade - the managerless club have left themselves with lesser striking options. Nevertheless his season pre-Palace read Played 18, Scored 2, a poor record by Phillips standards.

It is well known that in football a change of club, whether as a manager or player can result in a rejuvenation of form and maybe that is what is being witnessed with Phillips. He has set the foundations for a successful four month spell at Selhurst and will now hope to kick start his season and achieve a return similar to that of last season when he scored nearly every other game.

Despite his age, you wouldn't put it past him.

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