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Stoke boss Hughes wary of Palace veteran Phillips

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes will be wary of Crystal Palace striker Kevin Phillips today.

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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