Hughes owned up to his admiration for Palace's 40-year-old striker Phillips, but with something of a wince when recalling the twilight of his own playing career.
"Credit to him, he's kept himself in good nick and is still playing in a Premier League team. He still has the ability to create chances for himself and his team.
"I know how hard it is. I played until I was 38 and I was ready for a rest."
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