Rodri marked his Sheffield Wednesday debut with a goal as manager Dave Jones extended his unbeaten run to 16 games.

The former Spain Under-21 forward, on a season-long loan from Barcelona B, struck after defender Reda Johnson had given Wednesday the lead.

Substitute Nikola Zigic pulled one back for Birmingham after the break.

But man-of-the-match Jermaine Johnson raced away for Wednesday's third, before Marlon King scored a penalty in stoppage time.

Analysis

"Sheffield Wednesday are good movers and have some powerful players. They were very pacy down the left and Jermaine Johnson was the best player on the pitch.

"Birmingham were not quick enough and sharp enough in getting to the second balls in the first half. They didn't do the ugly side of the game."

Wednesday, promoted from League One last season, have won 12 matches and drawn four since Jones took over in March.

They deserved victory over a Birmingham side who were sluggish in the first half, but were helped on their way by a Jack Butland mistake.

Birmingham's Butland, who became England's youngest-ever keeper when he made his debut at the age of 19 against Italy last week, dropped a Jose Semedo cross under no pressure, and Reda Johnson headed into an empty net for his second goal in two games.

Then Rodri latched on to a well-timed through ball, fooled backtracking Blues defender Steven Caldwell with a clever step-over and fired the ball left-footed beneath a helpless Butland into the bottom corner.

Birmingham manager Lee Clark brought on Serbian striker Zigic at half-time, and saw an improved performance from his side.

Wednesday keeper Chris Kirkland, who had earlier tipped away a Caldwell effort, did well to keep out King's half-volley.

Zigic, who had scored as a substitute in Saturday 1-1 draw with Charlton, struck again when he tapped in Nathan Redmond's cross with 12 minutes to go.

Jermaine Johnson raced clear within two minutes remaining to fire past Butland before King converted a penalty with the last kick of the match, awarded after Chris Burke had been dragged down inside the area.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (4)

Sheffield Wednesday

  • 01 Kirkland
  • 02 Buxton
  • 03 R Johnson
  • 19 Beevers
  • 32 Llera
  • 06 Semedo
  • 07 Antonio (Maguire - 90' )
  • 11 J Johnson
  • 16 McCabe
  • 12 O'Grady (Pecnik - 81' )
  • 15 Rodri Booked (Madine - 61' )

Substitutes

  • 43 Bywater
  • 14 Mattock
  • 25 Prutton
  • 28 Coke
  • 09 Madine
  • 10 Maguire
  • 17 Pecnik

Birmingham City

  • 01 Butland
  • 03 Murphy
  • 04 Caldwell
  • 06 Davies
  • 23 Spector
  • 07 Burke
  • 08 Mullins
  • 10 Ambrose
  • 15 Elliott (Zigic - 46' Booked )
  • 22 Redmond
  • 09 King

Substitutes

  • 13 Doyle
  • 05 Pablo
  • 24 Packwood
  • 12 Morrison
  • 14 Gomis
  • 11 Lovenkrands
  • 19 Zigic
Ref: Geoff Eltrigham
Att: 25,379

Match Stats

Shots

13 11

On target

5 5

Corners

5 6

Fouls

9 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:50 Goal scored

Goal! - Marlon King - Sheff Wed 3 - 2 Birmingham Power penalty scored by Marlon King. Sheff Wed 3-2 Birmingham.

90:00 +4:17

Unfair challenge on Christopher Burke by Reda Johnson results in a Penalty.

90:00 +2:38 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +2:05 Substitution

Substitution (Sheff Wed) makes a substitution, with Chris Maguire coming on for Michail Antonio.

88:57 Goal scored

Goal! - Jermaine Johnson - Sheff Wed 3 - 1 Birmingham A goal is scored by Jermaine Johnson from just outside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Sheff Wed 3-1 Birmingham.

88:25

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Caldwell by Gary Madine. Jack Butland takes the indirect free kick.

86:40

The ball is sent over by David Murphy, clearance by Miguel Llera.

85:49

Jermaine Johnson fouled by Jonathan Spector, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Beevers takes the indirect free kick.

85:12

Jose Semedo produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

83:47

Darren Ambrose takes a inswinging corner.

83:26

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Madine on Steven Caldwell. Steven Caldwell takes the indirect free kick.

82:36

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nejc Pecnik by Jonathan Spector. Rhys McCabe restarts play with the free kick.

80:44 Substitution

Substitution Nejc Pecnik is brought on as a substitute for Chris O'Grady.

78:44

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Rhys McCabe from the right by-line, Gary Madine takes a shot.

78:27

Rhys McCabe takes a shot. Jonathan Spector gets a block in.

77:24

Nathan Redmond provided the assist for the goal.

77:24 Goal scored

Goal! - Nikola Zigic - Sheff Wed 2 - 1 Birmingham A goal is scored by Nikola Zigic from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Sheff Wed 2-1 Birmingham.

77:24

A cross is delivered by Nathan Redmond,

75:26

Effort from outside the penalty box by Jermaine Johnson goes wide right of the target.

71:30

Free kick taken by Chris Kirkland.

71:30 Booking

Booking Booking for Nikola Zigic for unsporting behaviour.

71:17

Unfair challenge on Mark Beevers by Nikola Zigic results in a free kick.

69:54

Gary Madine concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Caldwell. Jack Butland takes the indirect free kick.

69:27

Nikola Zigic concedes a free kick for a foul on Miguel Llera. Chris Kirkland takes the indirect free kick.

68:28

Hayden Mullins challenges Jose Semedo unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Kirkland restarts play with the free kick.

68:16

The ball is crossed by Christopher Burke.

66:59

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Darren Ambrose.

66:27

The ball is crossed by Nathan Redmond, Lewis Buxton makes a clearance.

65:45

Jermaine Johnson takes a shot. Christopher Burke gets a block in.

65:32

Christopher Burke produces a cross, Miguel Llera manages to make a clearance.

64:16

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Rhys McCabe from the right by-line.

63:47

The ball is swung over by Michail Antonio, David Murphy gets a block in.

62:18

The offside flag is raised against Marlon King. Chris Kirkland restarts play with the free kick.

61:51

Inswinging corner taken by Darren Ambrose from the right by-line.

61:30

Marlon King takes a shot. Save made by Chris Kirkland.

60:22

Darren Ambrose takes the indirect free kick.

60:22 Substitution

Substitution (Sheff Wed) makes a substitution, with Gary Madine coming on for Lozano Rodri.

60:22

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Christopher Burke by Jermaine Johnson.

59:03

Marlon King is caught offside. Chris Kirkland takes the indirect free kick.

55:41

Christopher Burke produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

50:47

Mark Beevers gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marlon King. David Murphy fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

50:11

Darren Ambrose takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.

45:39

Shot by Hayden Mullins from 25 yards. Blocked by Jose Semedo.

45:09 Substitution

Substitution (Birmingham) makes a substitution, with Nikola Zigic coming on for Wade Elliott.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +2:05 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +0:56

Darren Ambrose produces a right-footed shot from a long way out which goes wide right of the goal.

41:04

Darren Ambrose takes a shot. Chris Kirkland makes a comfortable save.

38:58 Goal scored

Goal! - Lozano Rodri - Sheff Wed 2 - 0 Birmingham Lozano Rodri finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Sheff Wed 2-0 Birmingham.

36:39

Free kick taken by Wade Elliott.

36:39 Booking

Booking The referee shows Lozano Rodri a yellow card.

36:26

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Caldwell by Lozano Rodri.

34:34

Chris O'Grady is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jack Butland takes the free kick.

34:09

Hayden Mullins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lozano Rodri. Jose Semedo takes the free kick.

30:34

The referee blows for offside against Marlon King. Chris Kirkland takes the free kick.

29:44

Effort from the edge of the area by Chris O'Grady goes wide of the right-hand post.

29:07

Shot from deep inside the area by Darren Ambrose clears the bar.

27:12

Shot from just outside the area by Michail Antonio misses to the right of the target.

26:07

Chris O'Grady delivers the ball.

25:49

The ball is delivered by Michail Antonio.

23:28

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Rhys McCabe, Shot from close range by Reda Johnson misses to the right of the target.

22:44

Hayden Mullins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lozano Rodri. Miguel Llera takes the indirect free kick.

21:17

Effort on goal by Nathan Redmond from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.

20:30

Outswinging corner taken by Rhys McCabe.

20:07

Centre by Michail Antonio, blocked by Wade Elliott.

19:21

Christopher Burke crosses the ball, save made by Chris Kirkland.

18:31

Foul by Jermaine Johnson on Jonathan Spector, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Jonathan Spector.

13:33

Assist by Jermaine Johnson.

13:33 Goal scored

Goal! - Reda Johnson - Sheff Wed 1 - 0 Birmingham Reda Johnson grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Sheff Wed 1-0 Birmingham.

12:56

Inswinging corner taken by Rhys McCabe,

10:30

Corner taken by Darren Ambrose from the left by-line.

10:11

Steven Caldwell takes a shot. Brilliant save by Chris Kirkland.

9:34

Unfair challenge on Christopher Burke by Jermaine Johnson results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Nathan Redmond, Miguel Llera makes a clearance.

6:06

Outswinging corner taken by Christopher Burke from the right by-line played to the near post.

5:41

Christopher Burke produces a cross, Mark Beevers gets a block in.

3:56

Jermaine Johnson has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

1:51

The ball is sent over by Reda Johnson, Rhys McCabe has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.

0:59

Hayden Mullins takes a shot. Blocked by Jose Semedo.

0:36

Jermaine Johnson fouled by Jonathan Spector, the ref awards a free kick. Reda Johnson restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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