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26/03/2014 12:31, Report by Adam Marshall
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Loans: Lingard's goal aim

Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard is convinced he'll score his first goal for Brighton & Hove Albion soon, after his loan club lost 1-0 at Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship.

The England Under-21 international is still awaiting his first strike for the Seagulls since joining them at the end of January and was thwarted by Owls keeper Chris Kirkland on Tuesday night, when Leon Best's injury-time strike put a dent in Brighton's play-off bid.

"It will eventually come," Lingard told BBC Sussex. "I had one chance at the end - a shot which Kirkland saved. I'm there or thereabouts and should be on the scoresheet soon. Scoring is an added bonus for me. I'm not an out and out goalscorer. I like creating play and putting people through. But I want to get my target, which is about eight goals - I've got six [with previous loan club Birmingham] - and I hope I reach it by the end of the season."

An inspired display by Sam Johnstone in the Doncaster Rovers goal on his 21st birthday failed to prevent a 2-0 defeat to second-placed Burnley. The talented keeper pulled off a string of superb saves in a desperate bid to keep out the promotion-chasing Clarets but had no chance with Sam Vokes' generously-awarded penalty. A one-handed save to a Junior Stanislas drive was right out of the top drawer but the same player added a killer second goal on the break with 15 minutes left.

Tom Lawrence came off seconds before Yeovil Town conceded an injury-time leveller at leaders Leicester City - a goal that is likely to be credited to Kasper Schmeichel. The goalkeeper's dramatic header struck the underside of the crossbar with Chris Wood following up to be certain. Lawrence earlier won the free-kick that led to Joe Ralls' opener.

Birmingham City picked up a 3-2 win at Millwall with Tyler Blackett doing well in defence and crossing for Andrew Shinnine to head home. Federico Macheda failed to get off the bench despite his recent good form in front of goal.

Michael Keane was in defence as Blackburn Rovers drew 3-3 at Watford while his twin brother Will was an unused

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