PHIL'S WAITING GAME
Patience has been a virtue for Phil Ifil - Wigan on Sunday marked his first Premiership appearance since August 2004.
Patience has been a virtue for Phil Ifil - Wigan on Sunday marked his first Premiership appearance since August 2004.Just 17 when he burst onto the scene with his debut against Liverpool and second game at Newcastle at the start of the 2004-05 season, Phil has featured just twice since, Carling Cup games at Burnley in November 2004 and Port Vale earlier this season.
In-between, he played 17 times in loan spells at Millwall last season, gaining valuable experience in the Championship.
His performance out of position at left-back – his normal slot is right-back – in the 3-3 draw at the JJB won the praise of both Martin Jol and Chris Hughton and Phil told us he was just glad to be back.
“I don’t really mind where I play to be honest but I really enjoyed it, that’s the main thing and I’m happy just to be back in the frame,” he reflected back at Spurs Lodge.
“It feels like I made my debut ages ago and obviously since then I’ve learnt a lot.
“When I made my debut it was really unexpected and playing against Liverpool was a fantastic experience, but it was quite a long time ago and since then I’ve worked a lot on my game, on my attacking qualities and the defensive side of my game, trying to improve all-round.
“I’ve always said I’d have to be patient. This season I’ve been in and around the squad and when I’m involved with the first team, I just enjoy being part of it. I’m looking to get as many games under my belt as I can.”
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