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Draper delighted with first ever hat-trick

23 October 2023

Club News

Draper delighted with first ever hat-trick

23 October 2023

Walsall striker Freddie Draper couldn’t describe the raw emotions he felt after he completed his hat-trick against Newport County on Friday night.

The 19-year-old’s third goal came in the 96th minute as the Saddlers came from behind on three occasions to eventually earn a point at Rodney Parade.  

Draper admitted he got caught up in the moment which sparked wild celebrations but was delighted to have scored his first ever treble.

“It was my first career hat-trick in the 96th minute, I can’t explain the emotions going through my head,” he said.

“Every goal I score, it means so much to me. I love scoring goals, and I’d say that’s what the best part of my game is.

“I didn’t even look to see if it was offside, I just went and did my roly-poly, I had to do that first. I’m happy I got my hat-trick and happy we got a point from it.

“I want to go on from there and keep scoring. I know I can score more than one goal and I was happy I did it and showed that mentality to keep going.”

It was a brilliant moment for the 361 Saddlers fans who made the journey to South Wales.

Draper is keen to continue giving them similar moments and has been impressed with the way they have supported both him and the team.

“They’ve been brilliant, I’ve loved them since I’ve come in,” he commented.

“They’ve supported me, they came down in the bad weather on a Friday night and the numbers they came in, how loud they were – I think they out sung Newport fans.

“They were brilliant, they always are. We want to continue to make them sing, to make them happy and we’re striving to be a dominant team in this league so we hope we’re doing them proud.”

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