Date: 18th August 2008 at 3:19pm
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Blues striker Kevin Phillips says that the personal abuse aimed at him at St Mary`s on Saturday actually helped him on to finding the net for the winning goal.

Phillips came on for the final 15 minutes and the Saints fans let him have it, but the striker had the last word by hitting the winner just after coming onto the field.

“Perhaps the Southampton fans feel I said things on my way out of there, which were misinterpreted,” Phillips told the Birmingham Mail.

“I think I stated when I left that I never wanted to leave Sunderland, it wasn`t that I didn`t want to join Southampton.

“I was an apprentice at Southampton, I was four years as a schoolboy, so I had six good years there.

“It is a question you have to ask them but I wish them all the best. At the end of the day that spurs me on and I would rather have it than not because if they don`t give you stick they don`t care about you.”.