JIMMY Phillips says Burton Albion need to avoid getting ahead of themselves in the race for promotion from League Two.
The 24-year-old winger has been a key part of the Brewers side in recent weeks as they have gone 10 matches unbeaten.
Despite Albion sitting second in the table going into tomorrow’s home clash with Cheltenham, kick-off 3pm, Phillips is keeping his feet on the ground.
“We’ve set ourselves up now,” said Burton’s longest-serving player. We’re halfway through the season and this is where we wanted to be.
“Now it’s about starting again and finishing the job.
“We’ve got half the season to get the job done again.
“We’ll do all we can do, and do our best game by game.
“We can’t look too far ahead – we just look to win every game we go into.”
Phillips has made 19 appearances, 10 of them starts, in what is becoming a solid personal season after his injury nightmare of 2012/13.
Boss Gary Rowett has gone on the record as saying Phillips has probably got as much natural ability as anyone at the club.
He is now starting to turn it into consistent performances on the pitch.
“It’s good to have a run in the team,” he said.
“I’ve had a lot of the ball in the games as well.
“Hopefully, I can keep going.”
Phillips has also broken a four-year goal drought – and is hungry to hit the net again soon.
He admits goalscoring has been something of a weak point, but the way he thundered home against Torquay United in October and almost crashed a header in against Northampton Town on Boxing Day show that goals are lurking somewhere in his game.
“It’s always something that’s been a weak point in my game,” he said. “But I always work hard on it in training.
“Hopefully, I can add some more goals and improve my game all-round.
“There’ve been a few games I’ve passed instead of shooting myself.
“Hopefully, the ball will fall to me a bit more.”
Phillips has faced Cheltenham before – and knows the Robins will provide a stern test to Albion tomorrow.
“Cheltenham are always a good side and a difficult game,” he said. “But I’ve always said any game in this league is a difficult game.
“They’re always a tough challenge.
“But I think we’re capable of beating anyone if we perform like we can.”