Football: Phillips double for Sunderland

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SUNDERLAND, third in the First Division, took advantage of Reading's apparent FA Cup hangover from Friday's fifth-round defeat by Sheffield United by beating them 4-1. Niall Quinn headed Sunderland in front, Alex Rae added a second from close range and Kevin Phillips weighed in with two goals to take his tally for the season to 21.

Charlton, chasing a play-off place, fell behind against Queen's Park Rangers to Gavin Peacock's 22nd-minute penalty but the division's top scorers struck back to earn a 1-1 draw through John Robinson.

West Bromwich's promotion hopes took a knock at Oxford where Kevin Francis set up Phil Gilchrist for the home side's opener and capped his debut with the winner after Bob Taylor had equalised for Albion.