Phillips: 'Three points is all the motivation we need'

Dillon Phillips insists that he and his teammates will need no extra motivation for three points when they take on Millwall behind closed doors at The Valley on Friday night.

The Addicks stopper has been in fine form of late with three clean sheets on the bounce going into the clash against the Lions.

And Phillips believes that the lack of crowd in SE7 will make no difference to his side’s determination for victory with Millwall being just like any other game. 

“The thought of being relegated is enough to get anyone motivated,” he explained.

“As much as we’d love for everyone to be there, we know what it means to the club and the fans so we don’t need an audience to get us up for it. It’s another game where we need three points to stay up and that’s all we’re bothered about.”

Just as he has all season, Phillips has pulled off some stunning saves since the restart to help towards those clean sheets and the 25-year old heaped praise on the players in front of him for their work in keeping the ‘goals against’ column clear.

“To be fair to the lads we’ve played three games and I’ve only had to make two or three saves max,” he said.

“We limit teams to a few chances and I stay switched on when I’m called upon.

“One save a game is fine for me, I don’t want any more than that! You have to stay switched on whether you’re being worked for 90 minutes or you have one save to make. It shows we’re performing better collectively and I don’t have much to do, that’s what we’re looking for.

“We want another six clean sheets,” added Phillips.

“It may not happen, so we’ll have to score another two against teams. We’re going to take it game by game. If we can keep clean sheets and score at the other end then it's happy days.

Meanwhile, when asked about teammate Darren Pratley’s recent claim that he was ‘the best goalkeeper in the Championship’, Phillips remained typically humble.

“I said to Pratley that he must have had a few drinks to say that! The boys say they feel safe with me behind them so it’s nice.

“I think as a team we’ve gone back to basics and shown what we’re good at. We started the league well and we’ve done well since the restart so we have to keep that going and we’ll be safe. That’s the aim at the end of the day, once that’s done we can relax.

“Until then it’s non-stop, we’re in everyday with games coming thick and fast. I’m really enjoying it and it helps when you’re picking up results.”

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