West Bromwich Albion's two-goal hero Kevin Phillips was delighted with his side's 4-0 victory over Ipswich Town on Saturday but even more pleased on a personal level that he managed to play for 90 minutes.
Phillips, aged 34, is now at the veteran stage of his career and admits he may not be able to play a full game week in week out .
While he admits the 4-0 scoreline flatters Albion somewhat, Phillips nevertheless was pleased to see the club's unbeaten home run this season extended to four matches while his own personal goal tally has also been swelled.
He said: "It's always nice to win a game 4-0. I thought in the first half we were exceptional and carried on from our last home game against Barnsley.
"I thought we thoroughly deserved our lead at half-time and it could have been two or three. But I'm sure during the break Ipswich felt they were still in the game and they showed that in the second half when they came out a totally different team.
"Ipswich probably deserved to get an equaliser but there's an old cliche that it only takes a second to score a goal and I think we scored three in six minutes near the end.
"Over the 90 minutes I think we deserved to win the game."
Phillips, who is relishing playing with his team-mate and close personal friend Paul Robinson, added: "I was delighted to get two and to get 90 minutes under my belt.
"That's four goals in five games now and that's a good start to the season for me. But it's not about me, it about the team. I can't stress enough it's important to stay in the pack early on because the games come so thick and fast.
"We play twice a week now every week so there are some big games coming up. But that's the reason we have a big squad here and I'm sure every player will be used.
The Hitchin-born striker continued: "It was good to play alongside Ishmael (Miller). He's got plenty of potential and I think he showed that he's got everything to his game.
"The one thing he needs to work on is his fitness and he knows that himself. That will come the more he plays, but I think with his goal he showed strength, pace and to cap it off, the finish was fantastic.
"I'm sure he could go all the way. He will learn an awful lot here and then he will go back to Manchester City where he'll be working under a master tactician in Sven-Goran Eriksson."
Phillips added: "I can't think of anyone else I have played alongside who is like him. I have played with some fellas who are tall and strong but never as anyone as athletic as him, strong and full of pace.
"I thought we worked well together in stages and it's exciting times for us and Ishmael.
"We've got a big squad here and I'm not going to play every game. But I have to admit I feel really strong and fit and as long as I keep working hard and scoring goals then I'll give the manager a headache and he'll find it difficult to leave me out.
"But I'll understand if he does because we've got six strikers now and everyone wants to play."