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Slav on frustrating Charlton point

Slaven Bilić was left a frustrated figure even as his Baggies team reclaimed top spot in the Sky Bet Championship.

The 2-2 draw at Charlton was enough to take Albion back above Leeds but Slaven acknowledged it was two points dropped after his team dominated open play.

Two goals conceded from set-piece crosses into the area paid dividends for Charlton and Slaven did not attempt to conceal his frustration.

“You can lose any game in the Championship at any time and I have big respect for all the oppositions and especially Charlton,” said Slaven. “They fought and they competed and ran and ran until the end.

“But this is still two points dropped for me. To be in control of the game twice and to allow our opponents soft goals to get back into it is not acceptable from our point of view.

“We were 1-0 ahead and 2-1 ahead but it was not as if we were protecting the lead and defending for our lives.

“We were the ones pushing for the next goal and we had many, many chances, particularly at 2-1, to score the third. That was disappointing.

“But we conceded a second goal to a cross that was slow and we should have been able to cope with easily. That cannot be accepted and we have to do better.”

On the situation which now sees Albion top but having had their lead from the chasing pack cut to seven, Slaven added: “That is not any pressure we did not expect.

“When people were saying Leeds and West Brom have got it all sewn up we took no notice of them and we never will.

“There is such a long, long way to go. But what we do know is that it is in our own hands and up to us. That we are happy about and we should be pleased about."

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