Peterborough United striker Emile Sinclair believes yesterday’s (September 29) 3-1 win at Hull will be the spingboard for more personal and team success.
The fleet-footed forward continued his love affair with the KC Stadium by claiming the first hat-trick of his professional career as Posh picked up their first Championship points of the season.
Sinclair played up front in a 3-5-2 formation alongside his old Macclesfield strike partner Tyrone Barnett.
Sinclair, who was clutching the match ball as he conducted a series of post-match interviews, said: “I told my girlfriend before the game that I fancied a goal as I always seem to play well on this ground.
“I scored twice for Macclesfield in a cup win here last season and I could easily have scored a couple more here for Posh later in the year as well.
“I was delighted to grab my first goal of this season so to go on and get three is just incredible.
“I’m made up to be honest, but mainly because the team won. I have the match ball, but it was a good team performance and a much-needed win for us.
“I haven’t been involved much this season, but I played well in the reserves last week and the gaffer pulled me after the game and asked me how I was feeling.
“I told him I was raring to go and thankfully I delivered, but this is only the start I have to become more consistent to stay in the team.
“It was great to play alongside Tyrone again and he played really well. We are very good friends off the pitch which helps and we’ve been talking about playing together and making sure we took the chance when it came along.
“I think we did that and now we need to make sure we string a few results and performances together.
“I’ve scored twice in a game a few times before, but never managed a hat-trick and I was pleased with the goals. My pace has always been a strength, but I’ve needed to be more composed in my finishing and these were three decent finishes.”
Sinclair is now the Posh top scorer in Championship fixtures this season with three goals. Lee Tomlin has scored two of his four goals in Capital One Cup ties.
Posh boss Darren Ferguson said: “Emile’s finishing was outstanding, but he was also a nuisance to their back three all game. Emile and Tyrone give us a big presence up front and they worked well together.”