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The Ferd' degree!

Posted on 20 August 2009  - 12:00

Jermain Defoe has revealed how Les Ferdinand's words inspired him to a hat-trick at Hull.

The Ferd' degree!

Jermain Defoe has revealed how Les Ferdinand's words inspired him to a hat-trick at Hull.

The striker is in the form of his life and underlined it with a treble to remember at the KC Stadium.

Lively all night, 'JD' opened the scoring with a low shot into the corner on 10 minutes and made it 3-1 just before half-time when he blasted past Boaz Myhill from 16 yards.

But he saved the best until last - the goal that ensured coach 'Sir Les'' words came true.

With only seconds left of injury time, Jermain played the ball into Aaron Lennon, received the return pass and smashed a rocket into the top corner from 18 yards.

It was his first hat-trick since a trio against Southampton in December, 2004 and it was no surprise to find him all smiles as he clutched the match ball before boarding the team coach at Hull.

"As I left the dressing room at half-time, Les said 'make sure you come back here with the match ball'," he said.

"I was looking at the clock, time was running out and Les' comments kept going through my mind.

"Then I noticed the board going up saying four minutes to go.

"I had a chance before that and I was gutted not to score but Azza did well for me, held the ball up and as soon as it came back to me I thought to just put my foot through it and strike it. I was delighted to see it go in."