Burnley-loanee Adam Phillips scored a second half penalty against Blackburn Rovers to propel the Shrimps into Round Two of the Carabao Cup.
In what was Phillip’s first appearance since re-signing for the club in the summer, it didn’t take the 23-year-old long to pick up where he left off.
An excellent Cole Stockton strike cancelled out an early Rovers opener before Phillips fired home the all-important penalty on the 84 minute, and the Garstang-born midfielder believes the reds were good value for the win.
“It was a great team performance,” Phillips said.
“We didn’t start off great, I’m one of the new players just getting to know the shape, I’m a bit out of shape but we managed to get in at half time still in the game, the gaffer changed the shape around a bit, and it paid off in the second half.
“I think the two lads up front were brilliant, running in behind, you could see how much they’re a threat and then to get the winner at the end was nice as well.”
Phillips, who scored 10 goals in 33 appearances last season for the Mazuma Stadium side, believes the confidence gained from the Carabao Cup Round One win can help the club moving forward.
“You see the fans behind the goal all jumping up and down and buzzing, so hopefully they can bring that on Saturday,” he added.
“It’ll be a great occasion, obviously the first home league game in League One for the club, the fans will be up for it.
“We’ve come off the back of two decent results so we’ll be up for it and hopefully we can get the win.”
Whilst the Shrimps’ number 18 is delighted to get off the mark for the club this season, he also recognised the significance of his personal achievement for his parent club.
“I’m sure all the Burnley fans will be loving it!” Phillips added.
“I was a player at Blackburn as a kid, so it’s obviously nice to come back here and play in front of a full stadium.
“It was a great experience and one that will last with me.”