Neil Warnock hailed his Crystal Palace players as heroes last night after they drew 1-1 at The Hawthorn's against West Brom.

Teenage sensation Victor Moses equalised for Palace in the second half with his first professional goal to cancel out Kevin Phillips' earlier strike to earn the Eagles a well-deserved point that they battled hard for.

West Brom may have been suffering from an FA Cup hangover after reaching the semi-finals at the weekend, but it was the fighting spirit of his Palace players that pleased Warnock.

He said: "I thought there were a few heroes tonight, everybody played their part. If we'd have had weaknesses tonight they would have picked us off so I don't think we had any weaknesses.

"I thought we were very solid and well organised and looked to break when we could. All credit to the lads. When we had to we put our bodies in the way. We were well organised and I thought we played some good football at times.

"We restricted them to long distance shots and it's going to take something really good to beat Julian Speroni at the moment, so I was quite pleased."

Both teams were sluggish in the early stages with Phillips having the best chance when he headed into the side netting from Jonathan Greening's cross.

With West Brom needing three men at times to cover the lively Moses, Palace had their best chance of the half when Tom Soares headed weakly at Dean Kiely after a good ball by Shaun Derry.

That missed proved costly as only a minute later Phillips opened the scoring. Paul Robinson was allowed to run unopposed from left-back and slot the ball to the veteran striker who had slipped unnoticed between Mark Hudson and Clint Hill. With Speroni advancing he calmly chipped the ball over the keeper for his 200th career goal.

It was tough on Palace who had been holding their own, and thought they should have had a penalty before half time when Ben Watson was bundled over from behind by Greening but nothing was given.

Palace were the brighter team at the start of the second half with Jose Fonte heading Watson's free-kick across goal before Moses took his chance on 55 minutes.

Hill's longball into the box found Jamie Scowcroft and though his header just evaded the onrushing Carl Fletcher, it fell to the unmarked Moses ten yards out who slotted into the bottom corner with ease.

West Brom pushed forward for a winner in the final twenty minutes with Palace happy to give them time and space outside the box and restrict them to long shots which never really troubled Speroni.

In the final minute they finally broke through, but Derry's perfectly timed last-ditch tackle on Robert Koren meant the Eagles fans were sent home happy.