West Brom boss Tony Mowbray praised former England ace Kevin Phillips for the first-half stoppage time double that rescued a point for the Baggies in a 2-2 draw at Plymouth.

In-form Phillips rounded recalled Argyle keeper Romain Larrieu to make it 2-1 in the first minute of time added on.

A minute later, the Baggies striker cracked home a 35-yard volley that looped up and over the home keeper, who later atoned with a magnificent second half one-on-one stop to prevent Phillips from claiming his hat-trick.

Phillips now has eight goals this season and three in two games and Mowbray said: "Kevin is the epitome of a good professional. He works extremely hard and he's very thoughtful about his game.

"He went through a path of not scoring for a few weeks after a hat trick at Ipswich. He's increased his work if anything and he's got his rewards with two goals today and he scored last week, so he's back on the road to being a goalscorer."

The Albion boss added: "The positives I will take out of this is, we didn't lose another game on the road and we have now got two home games coming up.

"If we can continue our good form at home, we might look back and think this was a decent point. If anything I would think they would feel a little bit hard done by."

Injury-hit Argyle deservedly took a 23rd-minute lead when top scorer Barry Hayles swept home his seventh goal of the season.

That lead was doubled when Lilian Nalis directed Tony Capaldi's wickedly inswinging free-kick from the right past Albion keeper Russell Hoult.

Argyle could have restored their lead in an end to end second spell but Hoult made a brilliant diving save to keep out Sylvan Ebanks-Blake's spectacular overhead kick.

Larrieu was also called to make another goal-line stop to deny Phillips from close range and then cleverly palmed over a thumping 30-yard free-kick from Jason Koumas.

Injury hit Argyle - already without four key players included long-term absentee and skipper Paul Wotton - also lost the services of midfielder Bojan Djordjic with a suspected broken nose a minute before Hayles' opener.

Plymouth boss Ian Holloway was delighted his side bounced back from a 3-0 defeat at Preston.

Holloway said: "I thought that was a terrific performance apart from two minutes of madness but if you give Premiership class strikers like Phillips time and all that, they normally punish you.

"I just felt that was as good as we have been for a couple of weeks at least. I thought we were bright, we were alive, we were attacking, we looked menacing.

"I think also the fact that everyone knows that we are playing West Brom, instead of Luton and Hull, had a positive effect around the ground. We were expected to win those games and I don't think people looked at this game like that today because West Brom won 5-0 at home last week.

"I think we have been very consistent this season. Unfortunately certain things do or don't go your way and today when when the ball bounced off poor old Barry Hayles' shin and put Phillips through, Romain made a terrific save.

"If we had lost that game it would have been a total travesty and injustice but that's this level I am afraid. I thought was as a competent performance as I have seen. No matter what was thrown at us, we dealt with it."