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The last player to score a hat-trick in the league at Hillsborough before Atdhe last week.

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Sheff Wed 5-2 QPR
Gerald Sibon, the man who earlier in the season had come under fire for lacking the appetite for First Division football, put in a vintage display and grabbed a hat-trick as Sheffield Wednesday ran rampant against a sorry QPR.

The Owls are now unbeaten in four home games and on this form look good value to move up the table, but Rangers have not won for 12 games and are stranded in the bottom three.

Wednesday had lost their last two League games before today's turnaround and it was Rangers who started the brighter.

Steve Morrow missed a great chance for QPR, firing wide from six yards before Sibon scored the first on five minutes.

Alan Quinn chased a hopeful punt down the left which Ludek Miklosko could only half clear to Sibon who beat his marker with a neat stepover before firing a low shot into the far corner.


Looped over

Rangers were back on level terms with a well-taken goal from Peter Crouch on 10 minutes. Steve Harkness tried to shield the ball and let it run out of play but Crouch robbed him before coolly slotting the ball between Kevin Pressman's legs.

The post them came to Wednesday's rescue when Crouch's deflected effort looped over the advancing Pressman.

However, Sibon put Wednesday back in front seven minutes before the break.

Clarke Carlisle was penalised for a late challenge on Morrison and Sibon kept his free-kick low as the wall jumped in unison, and the ball crept over the line.

Morrison then put Wednesday in command with a well-taken effort on the turn in the final minute of a thoroughly entertaining first half, bagging his seventh of the season with a sweet right-foot shot.


Hapless visitors

The home side started the second half strongly and Sibon completed his hat-trick on 50 minutes.

A succession of slick passes moved the ball down the right flank before it was pulled back inside to Sibon who played a fine one-two with Booth before drilling past Miklosko.

On-loan striker Efan Ekoku heaped more misery on the hapless visitors when he nodded in Quinn's deep cross at the back post just before the hour.

To their credit, QPR continued to battle, but although Crouch scored with a far-post header with 20 minutes left and the tireless Gavin Peacock hit the bar, it was too little too late for Rangers.


Sheff Wed: Pressman, Haslam, Harkness, Walker, Quinn, Sibon, Booth, Hendon, Westwood, Ekoku, Morrison.
Subs: Stringer, Lescott, Hamshaw, Di Piedi, Crane.

QPR: Miklosko, Breacker, Morrow, Ready, Peacock, Connolly, Rose, Carlisle, Warren, Crouch, Peschisolido.
Subs: Harper, Baraclough, Perry, Koejoe, Lisbie.

Referee: M Messias (York).



One of the (very) few highlights of our troubled times in the early noughties 



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2 minutes ago, Sticky belly said:

I just still cannot believe how long ago it was since our last league hat trick. Surely that cannot be normal to go 17 years or so between hat tricks can it? lol



It's 17 years since our last hattrick in the Championship. 


Pretty sure Neil Mellor grabbed a hattrick when we were down in League One. 

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I remember this game, Peter Crouch was a source of amusement in the warm up, he looked like Gareth Keenan (who didn’t exist then) with his wedge haircut and his apt name.


I was thinking how poo he would be, but he took the mick out of us at the back. 

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1 minute ago, room0035 said:

Surely Neil Mellor scored the last hatrick at hillsborough against MK Dons was it not in 2010/11 season?

Ignore me not at home

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9 minutes ago, Standidno said:

Sibon should only slightly be forgiven for that shambles of a performance he gave consistently in 99/2000.


As for Ashley Westwood and Ian Henson. So depressing.


Apart from being the best player and the most influential player.

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I believe Lionel Messi has scored 39 hat-tricks in roughly half the time it took us to score one




Hat-tricks are over-rated though... Much prefer to see the perfect sliding tackle winning the ball cleaning the player out. Lovely jubbly...

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