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Reds on loan

Kiko Macheda - Doncaster Rovers
Nick Powell - Wigan Athletic
Jesse Lingard - Birmingham City
Ryan Tunnicliffe - Ipswich Town
Angelo Henriquez - Real Zaragoza
Marnick Vermijl - NEC 
Davide Petrucci - Roy Antwerp
Bebe - Pacos de Ferreira
30/09/2013 10:41, Report by Mark Froggatt
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Loans: Macheda's winner

Federico Macheda's third goal in as many games gave Doncaster a 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, maintaining the Italian’s fine start to life in the Championship.

The 22-year-old began the match in a wider role before moving up front in the second half, when he notched the winner via a coolly taken header past opposition goalkeeper Chris Kirkland at Hillsborough.   

Notably, that strike was preceded by a midweek brace during Rovers’ 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest and as Macheda explained on Saturday, he’s quickly rediscovering his scoring touch.

“My confidence is getting higher every game,” Kiko told the BBC. “But I am not very happy about my performance today, especially in the first half because I was wide. But in the second half I played in my main position, I think I did better and scored the winning goal, which I was very happy about.

“I have not been playing a lot of games recently so I decided to come here to Doncaster. I have always believed in myself, I have never stopped working hard in bad times and it was a great feeling to be back on the score-sheet.  

“I went to Doncaster because they were the team that really wanted me. I didn’t go to other clubs because they wanted me but weren’t really sure about me. I came here to be with the manager because he really wanted me and I am happy to have made that choice.” 

Elsewhere in the Championship, Jesse Lingard played a full 90 minutes for Birmingham City but could do little to prevent a 2-0 defeat to Reading. Of course, the Reds youngster made a bright start to his loan spell last weekend by scoring four goals on his Blues debut.

Ryan Tunnicliffe helped Ipswich Town secure an efficient 2-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion at Portman Road, playing a full match in centre midfield. Similarly, Nick Powell

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