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Summary

  1. Full-time: Sheff Wed 3-0 B'ham
  2. Reach adds third after a swift counter
  3. Winnall header doubles hosts' lead
  4. B'ham hit woodwork three times
  5. Rhodes nods Sheff Wed into lead
  6. B'ham stay 12th, 12 points below Owls

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By Josh Hunt

All times stated are UK

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Until tomorrow...

FT: Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 Birmingham

Not a bad start to the weekend's football if you're a neutral, though I'm sure Birmingham fans may disagree with that assessment.

Sheffield Wednesday confirmed their promotion credentials, and now they'll look to push further up the table with Sam Winnall and Jordan Rhodes leading the way.

I'll be back tomorrow with more live EFL text coverage, so I hope you can join me once again. Until then, goodnight.

Doncaster held at Newport

Newport 0-0 Doncaster

Rodney Parade
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There is one more result to tell you about from the English Football League before I sign off tonight, as League Two leaders Doncaster have been held to a 0-0 draw at bottom-placed Newport County.

To be fair to the two sides, I'm not sure the conditions at Rodney Parade were exactly ideal for free-flowing football.

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FT: Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 Birmingham

Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Sam Hutchinson told Sky Sports:

"In the first 20 minutes we were very good, then we died. 

"Their diamond worked very well, caused us lots of problems.

"We take every game as it comes and if we get the points on the table, fingers crossed we can finish as high as possible."

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Sheffiled Wednesday striker Jordan Rhodes told Sky Sports:

"To come off with three goals and three points is a good night.

"It is nice to get off the mark.

"We just need to keep taking one game at at time, work as hard as we can and hopefully have something to celebrate."

FULL-TIME: Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 Birmingham

Sheffield Wednesday couldn't have asked for much more than that, strengthening their hold on sixth place with a deserved victory.

Sam Winnall and Jordan Rhodes both scored their first goals for the club, as the Owls move five points clear of seventh-placed Norwich.

Birmingham had their chances, but their record is now one win in 12 games under Gianfranco Zola. Their play-off hopes, already fading fast, are surely gone.

Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 Birmingham

Into three minutes of added time now, with Birmingham pushing for a consolation goal.

City have created chances, hit the woodwork three times, but defensive lapses mean they'll come away with nothing to show for their efforts.

GOAL: Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 Birmingham

Adam Reach

Game over.

Birmingham concede possession in midfield, with the ball quickly played through to Sam Winnall, who plays Adam Reach in on goal despite being clattered by a Paul Robinson challenge.

Reach keeps his composure and slides the ball into the net. Wednesday are cruising now.

Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 Birmingham

I cannot emphasise enough just how good that cross was, positively Beckham-esque.

Birmingham haven't been awful tonight, but they have been undone by a wonderful bit of quality from Jack Hunt, whose deliveries have been excellent all night long from right-back.

That goal was Winnall's fourth against Birmingham this season by the way, having scored three in two games for Barnsley.

GOAL: Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 Birmingham

Sam Winnall

Sam Winnall celebrates his goal against Birmingham
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Jack Hunt, that is magnificent.

Sam Winnall heads in from six yards out for his first Sheffield Wednesday goal, but this is all about a wonderful cross from Hunt, who swings the ball in with pace and pinpoint accuracy from the right.

You won't see a better delivery than that all season. 

HITS THE WOODWORK

Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Birmingham

Stunning effort, but still no equaliser.

Gary Gardner unleashes a shot from long range and it clatters back off the bar.

But what's this? Sheffield Wednesday on the attack...

Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Birmingham

More and more space opening up inside the Sheffield Wednesday half now, and Birmingham respond by bringing on former Sheffield United forward Che Adams, who gets exactly the reception you'd expect from the Wednesday crowd.

David Davis then goes close for City, with his shot deflected a yard over the bar for a corner.

Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Birmingham

Cheick Keita (right)
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It's fair to say this second half hasn't lived up to the standards of the first 45 minutes, with just 20 minutes left to play.

Cheick Keita burstS into the Sheffield Wednesday box from left-back and wins his side a corner, but once again the hosts hold firm in defence.

Then from nowhere, the visitors are almost level, as Vincent Sasso - apparently unaware of Lukas Jutkiewicz lurking behind him - ducks under a cross.

Jutkiewicz, perhaps not expecting the ball to arrive at his feet, can't get the crucial final touch.

Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Birmingham

A bit more encouragement here for Birmingham, as Kerim Frei gets space on the left to cross the ball in, though his delivery can't beat the first defender.

I've barely mentioned strikers Lukas Jutkiewicz and Jerome Sinclair tonight, but they can't be blamed for their lack of service.

Sheffield Wedneday make their first change, with Fernando Forestieri looking rather miffed as he is withdrawn for Adam Reach.

Birmingham substitution

Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Birmingham

Maikel Kieftenbeld, whose challenge on Morgan Fox looks worse the more you watch it, comes off to be replaced by winger Kerim Frei.

Birmingham are camped inside their own half at the moment - can Frei make the difference for them?

Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Birmingham

Maikel Kieftenbeld is the first man to be shown a yellow card, but the Birmingham man might be fortunate it's not a red.

His challenge on Morgan Fox is dangerous, studs raised and landing right on the full-back's ankle. Fox, fortunately, is okay. 

Birmingham might be losing their discipline, as David Davis follows Kieftenbeld into the book a minute later. He'll miss Birmingham's next two games for that.

Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Birmingham

How long until Gianfranco Zola looks to make a change?

Birmingham were in the ascendancy in the latter stages of the first half, but they haven't maintained that level of play since taking back to the pitch for the second period.

Sheffield Wednesday haven't created much in the way of chances this half either, though Ross Wallace has just blazed over from distance.

Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Birmingham

Surely this time...no!

Sam Winnall has had plenty of chances to get his first Sheffield Wednesday goal and he misses another one here, heading over the bar from Ross Wallace's corner.

The second-half has started much like the first, with the hosts well on top in the first ten minutes.

Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Birmingham

Jerome Sinclair wins Birmingham a free-kick right on the edge of the penalty box, and Craig Gardner steps up to take it.

He gets it just up and over the wall. but into the side netting. Not too far away.

Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Birmingham

Should it be 2-0?

Barry Bannan slips a pass into the path of Ross Wallace, and he in turn slides the ball to Sam Winnall inside the Birmingham box.

Winnall's shot is on target, but it lacks power and Tomasz Kuszczak makes a fairly simple save to his right.

Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Birmingham

The teams are back out on the field and Sheffield Wednesday get the second 45 minutes started.

Birmingham will be 12 points outside the play-off places at the end of the night if they can't turn this scoreline around.

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Simon Atkins: Few dodgy moments in defence, but we're unlucky to be behind. If we keep it up, I think we can bounce back to win, as we did at home  

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HT: Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Birmingham

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So which way might this game go in the second half?

The statistics show Birmingham having more of the ball, but they need to turn that possession into opportunities if they're going to get back on level terms.

Sheffield Wednesday have been a constant danger on the break and they'll perhaps be disappointed not to have turned more of their eight shots into goals.

Coming up tomorrow

HT: Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Birmingham

Neil Warnock
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If one game just isn't enough to sate your appetite for Championship football, fear not, for there's a bumper set of fixtures coming up tomorrow.

Neil Warnock will return to Elland Road as Cardiff take on his former side Leeds, while Rotherham's increasingly faint hopes of survival may be all-but-ended should they fail to beat fellow strugglers Blackburn.

As ever, we'll also bring you updates of the pick of the action across 23 games being played in League One and League Two.

I'm exhausted just thinking about it. 

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Birmingham fans - are you more worried by your defensive showing or encouraged, given your side's promising recovery and attacking intent since conceding?

Sheffield Wednesday fans - is this the year you can finally make it back to the big time?

And how many goals will Jordan Rhodes score between now and May?

HALF-TIME: Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Birmingham

Jordan Rhodes
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Sheffield Wednesday hold a narrow lead at half-time thanks to Jordan Rhodes' first goal since joining the club from Middlesbrough on transfer deadline day.

Birmingham are a touch unlucky to go in behind after twice seeing the ball come back off the woodwork, though manager Gianfranco Zola will have concerns about their defending.

Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Birmingham

Barry Bannan is back on his feet and okay to carry on after picking up a knock sliding in on David Davis.

There's going to be two minutes of added time at the end of this half.

Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Birmingham

Jack Hunt is nearly in behind the Birmingham defence down the right-hand flank as Sam Hutchinson launches a long pass over the top, but Hunt's touch is heavy and the ball is out for a goal-kick.

Now there's a delay in play as Barry Bannan goes down injured for Sheffield Wedneday. Let's hope it's not too serious.

Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Birmingham

Vincent Sasso (left)
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Sheffiled Wednesday launch an attack down the left this time, and they win a corner for their efforts.

Fernando Forestieri's cross from the corner of the box is headed behind by Jonathan Grounds, but the Owls can't make anything of the set-play.

Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Birmingham

Craig Gardner is a menace with his set-pieces, his latest a free-kick from the left which goes low across the face of goal, just too far in front of his runners in the box.

Birmingham are shading the possession at the moment, but they still trail to Jordan Rhodes' early goal.

Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Birmingham

Carlos Carvalhal
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Into a calmer period of play, relatively speaking, with Birmingham creating a couple of crossing opportunities but failing to pick out a teammate.

I can't imagine this will still be 1-0 at half-time though. 

Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Birmingham

Everything Sheffield Wednesday create is coming down their right-hand side, with young Birmingham left-back Cheick Keita getting pulled out of position a bit too often.

This time the ball comes in to the feet of Sam Winnall, whose shot is deflected narrowly wide of Tomasz Kuszczak's left-hand post.

Kuszczak, already moving to his right, would have been helpless to stop that finding the net.

Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Birmingham

In all the excitement, I may have undersold that Emilio Nsue effort a few minutes ago.

The right-back brought the ball down on his chest, swiveled and smashed the ball left-footed against the post - Kieren Westwood had no chance in the Owls goal.

This is setting up to be a really good contest.

HITS THE WOODWORK

Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Birmingham

Sam Hutchinson breathes a huge sigh of relief.

Birmingham win a free-kick inside the Wednesday half, and Hutchinson heads Craig Gardner's delivery off his own post and out for a Birmingham corner.

Moments later, Emilio Nsue clatters the woodwork with a fierce strike. Great response from the visitors.

Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Birmingham

Another chance for Sam Winnall.

Again there's far too much space on the right-hand side for Sheffield Wednesday to swing a cross in, but Winnall can't get his header on target.

This could get out of hand if Birmingham don't tighten up quickly.

Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Birmingham

Jordan Rhodes has scored more goals than any other player in English football since August 2009, and Birmingham are going to have to cut off his service, or he could have a few more tonight.

Sheffield Wednesday are beating the visitors time and time again on the flanks - perhaps an early shift in formation might be in order for Gianfranco Zola?

GOAL: Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Birmingham

Jordan Rhodes

Jordan Rhodes
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He is lethal at this level.

Ross Wallace drifts a free-kick into the six-yard box from the right-hand touchline, and Jordan Rhodes climbs above the Birmingham defence to head in his first goal in an Owls shirt.

Wednesday deserve their lead.

Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Birmingham

Barry Bannan pulls the trigger from 25 yards out and almost gets lucky with it.

His shot bounces in front of Birmingham keeper Tomasz Kuszczak, who spills the shot and is fortunate to see a defender get to the ball first.

Moments later, Sam Winnall fires a shot over for the hosts, who look a danger every time they get the ball.

Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Birmingham

Lukas Jutkiewicz carries the ball into the Sheffield Wednesday box, but Vincent Sasso recovers well to win the ball off him after missing an earlier challenge.

Wednesday go down the other end and win a free-kick midway inside the City half, which Birmingham see out for a throw-in on the left-hand side.

Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Birmingham

Birmingham give far too much space for Sheffield Wednesday to whip a low cross in from the right, and Tomasz Kuszczak has to be brave to save at the feet of Sam Winnall and put the ball behind.

Blues do a better job defending the corner, but that's a good start for the hosts.

Birmingham get us started

Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Birmingham

Birmingham, playing in their all red kit, get the game under way.

Sheffield Wednesday in their all blues. Good kit match-up this.