Matt thanks Blades for time at Lane

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MATT Phillips has revealed how spending a month on loan with Sheffield United restored his self-belief.

The Blackpool winger, who scored six goals in six starts, returned to Bloomfield Road earlier this week but said: “Maybe my confidence needed a boost but going to Sheffield United has given me that.

“I think I can continue to score goals.”

Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson has accused United’s Michael Doyle of “a blatant stamp” on Jamie Devitt during Tuesday’s JP Trophy success over Wilson’s side.

Parkinson, whose team progressed via a penalty shoot-out, said: “I was disappointed with their lad for doing it because it could have caused Jamie a serious injury.”

Wilson could scarcely conceal his anger at the performances delivered by some United players against City. Having seen a moment of carelessness cost them dear at Stevenage three days earlier, the former Northern Ireland international claimed some had lacked the same “heart and desire” as the visitors from Valley Parade.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s FA Cup first round tie with Oxford, Wilson said: “I have certainly learnt a few things, don’t worry about that. We will deal with everything within the club. We will sit down and discuss things in a rational way but there will be a strong point to those discussions.”