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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 22 42
2 Ipswich Town 22 41
3 Brentford 22 40
4 Middlesbrough 22 39
5 Derby County 22 39
6 Watford 22 38
7 Norwich City 22 34
8 Blackburn Rovers 22 34
9 Nottingham Forest 22 31
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 31
11 Cardiff City 22 30
12 Charlton Athletic 22 30
13 Fulham 22 28
14 Sheffield Wednesday 22 28
15 Birmingham City 22 28
16 Bolton Wanderers 22 26
17 Reading 22 25
18 Leeds United 22 24
19 Rotherham United 22 24
20 Huddersfield Town 22 24
21 Millwall 22 23
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 22 19
23 Wigan Athletic 22 17
24 Blackpool 22 13