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

West Brom West Bromwich Albion vs Charlton Athletic Charlton

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 Leicester City 42 90
2 Burnley 42 83
3 Derby County 42 75
4 Queens Park Rangers 42 73
5 Wigan Athletic 41 67
6 Reading 42 64
7 Brighton and Hove Albion 42 64
8 Ipswich Town 42 64
9 Bournemouth 42 62
10 Blackburn Rovers 42 60
11 Nottingham Forest 42 59
12 Middlesbrough 42 58
13 Watford 41 57
14 Bolton Wanderers 42 54
15 Sheffield Wednesday 42 50
16 Leeds United 42 50
17 Huddersfield Town 42 46
18 Birmingham City 41 43
19 Doncaster Rovers 42 43
20 Blackpool 42 42
21 Charlton Athletic 41 41
22 Millwall 42 40
23 Barnsley 42 39
24 Yeovil Town 42 36

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