Sam Allardyce hails hat-trick hero

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Blackburn Rovers boss Sam Allardyce paid tribute to loan striker Mame Biram Diouf after he netted a hat-trick in the 3-1 Carling Cup second round victory over Norwich City.

The 22-year-old Manchester United man scored three times and also hit the crossbar as he caused the Canaries defence all sorts of problems.

Allardyce said after the game:"Diouf scored three very good goals but could have scored more than that – the easiest one he missed when he headed it on to the bar.

"A hat-trick for one of our players is always very encouraging and hopefully he can carry on scoring in the Premier League.

"But he took up lovely positions – for the first goal he drifts off to the far post, gets himself unmarked and waits for the flick-on and then runs in and taps it in.

"His third one he pulls away unmarked at the far post, Morten Gamst Pedersen floats in a lovely ball and he couldn't really miss that one.

"He does look a natural goalscorer in that he drifts into the right positions and that is not coachable.

"If we put balls in those sort of areas he will get on the end of them and that is not what we have got really."

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