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St Andrews Stadium (ATT 14,379) 21st September 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: K Hill

Birm'ham Birmingham City vs Sheffield Wednesday Sheff Wed

Birm'ham 4

J Lingard (20, 29, 33, 51)

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Sheff Wed 1

K Zayatte (66)

Championship: Jesse Lingard scores four as Birmingham hammer Sheffield Wednesday 4-1

Last Updated: 21/09/13 6:10pm

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Jesse Lingard: Amazing debut for on-loan midfielder

Jesse Lingard: Amazing debut for on-loan midfielder

Jesse Lingard netted four goals on his Birmingham debut as City hammered Sheffield Wednesday 4-1 in the Championship.

The 20-year-old, who had previously not scored in the league, joined Birmingham on loan from Manchester United on Thursday to help boost their sagging attack.

And he responded in magnificent style as he fired Lee Clark's men into a 4-0 lead before Kamil Zayatte grabbed a consolation for the Owls.

Lingard was first on the mark after 20 minutes and added two more in the 27th and 33rd minutes to make it 3-0 at the break. He notched his fourth six minutes into the second half against shell-shocked opposition.

Former City defender Roger Johnson made his debut for Wednesday following a move from Wolves while David Murphy returned for the Blues after an absence of 10 months.

There was little indication of what lay in store in the early stages with both sides showing why they are struggling down the wrong end of the table.

There was plenty of honest endeavour as the teams cancelled each other out before Lingard stamped his mark on the game with a hat-trick in 13 minutes.

It was Murphy who began the move which led to Birmingham taking a 20th minute lead.

The full-back was in the centre circle when he put Chris Burke in possession to fire in a shot which Chris Kirkland did well to palm away.

Unfortunately for the keeper it fell into the path of Lingard who gleefully took full advantage of the opportunity to score from close range.

Boosted by his goal, Lingard had another attempt only for Kirkland to make an excellent save.

But the England Under-21 international now had his tail up and added a second goal in the 29th minute when he collected a pass from Wade Elliott and slid the ball under Kirkland as the goalkeeper advanced from his line.

With Wednesday wondering what had hit them, City skipper Paul Robinson set up Lingard for his third goal in the 33rd minute.

The youngster enthusiastically ripped through Wednesday's defence and scored with a rasping shot from the left to give the home fans a rare boost in what has been a troubled season.

Lingard was not finished with Wednesday. He picked up a pass pulled back by Burke to hammer yet another shot past the helpless Kirkland in the 51st minute

Wednesday pulled back a goal when Zayatte converted a Stephen McPhail free-kick in the 67th minute to be followed by Lingard's departure from the pitch four minutes later.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 39 73
2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23