Robbie Keane was ecstatic as he scored four goals in a match for the first time in his career in the weekend demolition of Burnley.
Keane’s goals helped ensure Spurs’ second five-goal haul in a week after the Carling Cup victory over Preston on wednesday, and his first hat-trick for the club since 2003.
Keane set Spurs on their way with a calmly taken penalty, before adding a further three goals in the space of 14 second half minutes. Jermaine Jenas added the other goal with a deflected effort just before half-time.
Robbie told Spurs’ official website, “It’s the first time in my career I’ve scored four goals and it’s a great feeling. I’m delighted with that and hopefully there will be a few more goals to come.
“All strikers are judged on scoring goals. I’m always pleased when I score goals and to score four was fantastic.”
Robbie’s personal favourite was his second, and Tottenham’s third, with the Irishman firing into the roof of the net from Aaron Lennon’s clever pullback.
“It was one of those days. I hit it well enough and sometimes they go in, others they’ll go over the bar. Luckily for me it went in and I was delighted with that.”
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It proved the start of an irresistable second half for Keane, as scored twice more and had further chances to add even more to his tally for the match.
Keane was inches away from another Lennon cross, before opting to pass to Palacios as opposed to going for his fifth.
Aside from his own personal accomplishments, Keane expressed his delight at recording aother victory, after defeats to Manchester United and Chelsea in the past two league matches.
“We conceded six goals in the last two league games, so it was crucial we got a good result and a clean sheet. I was just as delighted to do that. We defended well and Carlo didn’t have too much to do.
“Attacking-wise, we were fantastic. It’s important to get the first goal in matches like that and once we did, it really opened the game up.
“In the first half in particular, our attacking play and our passing and movement was fantastic. It must have been great for the fans because it was great to play in.”