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

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