What John Eustace said about Scott Hogan following Birmingham City’s derby win

Here’s what Eustace said following the match

Birmingham City head coach John Eustace praised “top, top striker” Scott Hogan after the fourth hat-trick of his career and first in nearly six years helped Blues to a derby day victory over West Brom at the Hawthorns on Wednesday night (14 September).

Hogan’s first was a cool, low finish across goalkeeper David Button after Juninho Bacuna’s through ball beat the offside trap.

Jed Wallace quickly levelled but Blues regained the lead in the 54th minute when Hogan sidefooted home after more good work from Bacuna. Hogan completed his hat-trick when he latched on to a superb through pass from Deeney on the left and cut inside before poking the ball through Button’s legs at the near post.

Birmingham City Head Coach John Eustace celebrates their win after the final whistle during the Sky Bet Championship between West Bromwich Albion and Birmingham City at The Hawthorns on September 14, 2022 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

Substitute Brandon Thomas-Asante reduced the arrears with a late penalty after he was brought down by Dion Sanderson, although it looked like it was outside the area.

Eustace said: “Scott Hogan is a top, top striker. The one thing I was excited about coming here was that I’ve worked with Scott at international level and I know what he can bring to the Championship.

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“You don’t have moves like he’s had if you’re not a top striker. The lad just needs confidence but you can see he’s a top, all-round player.. The way he took his hat-trick was three different finishes and it was brilliant.”

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