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The Hawthorns (ATT 20,346) 15th December 2007 - Kick off 12:45 Ref: P Taylor

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West Brom win to go top

Phillips scores on his return

By Steve Pass.   Last Updated: 15/12/07 2:54pm

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Bednar: Scored goal

Bednar: Scored goal

West Brom went top of the Championship after beating Charlton 4-2 in an entertaining game at The Hawthorns.

Charlton took the lead against the run of play in the 37th minute, when Jerome Thomas did well to cross and the injured Chris Iwelumo, who was soon to be substituted, out-muscled Paul Robinson to head home.

But West Brom's Roman Bednar equalised in the 43rd minute after playing a one-two with Zoltan Gera to get behind the defence and slot home a cool finish, his fourth goal in the last five outings.

The home-side then went in front in the 50th minute after Gera headed in Brunt's fantastic curling cross at the far-post.

But Charlton substitute Izale McLeod equalised in the 73nd minute - his first goal for the club - when his shot crept under the arms of keeper Luke Steele, who should have done much better.

But the Baggies restored their lead in the 80th minute when Gera netted his second of the game.

Substitute Kevin Phillips, making his first appearance in seven games following injury, then wrapped up the points with a 84rd minute goal.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Derby County 13 26
2 Watford 13 25
3 Middlesbrough 13 23
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 23
5 Norwich City 13 22
6 Nottingham Forest 13 22
7 Charlton Athletic 14 22
8 Bournemouth 13 21
9 Ipswich Town 13 20
10 Cardiff City 13 19
11 Blackburn Rovers 13 19
12 Brentford 13 19
13 Sheffield Wednesday 13 18
14 Rotherham United 13 16
15 Leeds United 13 16
16 Huddersfield Town 13 16
17 Reading 13 15
18 Millwall 13 14
19 Fulham 14 14
20 Wigan Athletic 13 12
21 Brighton and Hove Albion 13 12
22 Birmingham City 13 11
23 Bolton Wanderers 13 8
24 Blackpool 13 6

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