Round-Up: Baggies reach summit after sinking Bristol

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West Bromwich Albion jumped to the top of the table on Saturday with an emphatic 4-1 victory at home to Bristol City.

The Baggies went a point above Newcastle – who play Preston tonight – after Jerome Thomas gave them the lead and Chris Brunt added the second soon after. Louis Carey's own goal less than two minutes after the break heaped more misery on the visitors, before Simon Cox netted a fourth.

Leicester moved to third with a last-gasp 1-0 win at home over Plymouth. The sides were heading for a goalless draw until Andy King fired home nearly three minutes into added time.

Gordon Strachan is still awaiting his first win as Middlesbrough manager after a 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest at the Riverside. Leroy Lita's early strike set up a 1-0 lead but Robert Earnshaw equalised for the visitors in the 73rd minute.

Scunthorpe suffered a fifth consecutive away defeat in the Championship after going down 3-0 at Watford, for whom Heidar Helguson scored twice.

Reading's desperate search for a long-awaited victory at the Madejski Stadium finally ended with a 2-1 win over Blackpool, Grzegorz Rasiak scoring eight minutes from time to seal it.

Carl Dickinson's free kick deep into injury-time earned Barnsley a 1-0 win over Cardiff and Doncaster beat QPR 2-0 thanks to goals from Billy Sharp and Dean Shiels.

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