Hat-trick hero Nélson Oliveira delights in a perfect start to Norwich City’s 2017 against Derby with a hug from Sebastien Bassong and the promise of more to come

Ivo Pinto helps Nelson Oliveira celebrate completing his hat-trick against Derby at Carrow Road. Pic

Ivo Pinto helps Nelson Oliveira celebrate completing his hat-trick against Derby at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

A perfect hat-trick on a perfect start to 2017 for Norwich City – and Nélson Oliveira has vowed there is more to come.

The Canaries picked up points in successive games for the first time since mid-October, following up their goalless draw at Brentford by hitting 10-man Derby for three – making the most of Jacob Butterfield’s second-half sending off.

“For a striker, when you score – especially a hat-trick – you feel confident and if the team wins it’s even better,” said Oliveira, making it seven goals in seven games.

“I feel confident because I scored and the team performed well, and hopefully we are able to stay like this. Like I said before, I feel at home here.

“The supporters are amazing with me and I only need to work hard to try to make them happy and show my ability. I think I have a lot more still to come and I need to keep working and score goals.”

You may also want to watch:

Oliveira’s perfect hat-trick came with a left-foot drive, a flicked header and a right-footed shot through a crowd.

“A perfect hat-trick? It was good, yes,” he beamed. “It’s my second hat-trick. The first was a long time ago and hopefully I can score some more.

Most Read

“It’s good to start the year with a hat-trick, it’s good to start with a good performance from all the players and all of us are really happy – but we need to keep working and still win the next games.”

As for Oliveira’s long run to celebrate his second goal with Sebastien Bassong, the striker added: “All the players helped me since I came here, but Seb especially because he has a really strong mentality.

“He’s helped me a lot, given me some good advice. Because I speak French, it’s easy to speak with him.

“I said to him at half-time if I scored in the second half, I’d run to him – and I did that.”

• Follow Michael Bailey on Twitter @michaeljbailey and Facebook @mbjourno

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter
Comments powered by Disqus