Matt thrilled to be Lane loan ranger

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LOAN ace Matt Phillips has acknowledged his switch to Sheffield United has given him a new lease of life and reinvigorated his stuttering career.

The nippy winger, brought in by manager Danny Wilson as a ready-made replacement for Nathaniel Mendez-Laing who returned to parent club Wolves after picking up a hamstring injury, grabbed his third goal in as many starts against Milton Keynes Dons.

Phillips, on a month’s loan from Blackpool, tapped in Billy Clarke’s centre from close range to ensure United saw off a stubborn Dons side 2-1 at Bramall Lane.

He said: “It (the move) has been great from the word go. I am really enjoying it here. There is a good bunch of lads at the club and I’m really enjoying it.”

The 20-year-old, who made his United debut as a substitute in the Steel City derby, spent the summer playing for England in the Under-20 World Cup in Columbia before returning to Bloomfield Road.

With Phillips having started just two times this season, Tangerines boss Ian Holloway decided to let the youngster leave the Championship outfit on a temporary basis.

Of the 2-1 victory over the 10-man Dons in midweek which saw United move up to fourth in the table, Phillips said: “It was difficult. I felt we played some good stuff at times. They are a good side but I thought we were worthy of the win.”

Promotion-chasing United will be seeking a sixth win in nine outings on home soil when they host struggling Exeter City on Saturday.

Phillips, who was allegedly spat in the face by a Leyton Orient fan in the capital last weekend, added: “It is another game; they are coming thick and fast now but hopefully we will be able to get another three points.