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Monday 18 February 2019

Hat-trick hero Jota jubilant as Wolves win late

Diogo Jota. Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images
Diogo Jota. Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images

Diogo Jota hailed his special treble after he scored Wolves' first top flight hat-trick for 42 years.

The forward's injury-time strike sealed a pulsating 4-3 win over Leicester at Molineux on Saturday.

Jota (inset), 22, became the first Wolves player since John Richards in 1977 - also against Leicester - to score a top-flight treble.

He said: "It's really special, a hat-trick, I know it's not happened in a long time. This is the second of my career, so it's like giving your team the win, it feels very good.

"This is the kind of game I watched as a kid and now being part of it is a good moment for me. In the end, when we win it is the best feeling in the world."

Jota has five goals this season with all of them coming in his last six outings.

He opened the scoring before Ryan Bennett doubled the lead after 12 minutes.

Leicester recovered immediately after the break through Demarai Gray's strike and Conor Coady's own goal.

Jota restored Wolves' lead only for Wes Morgan to head in with three minutes left to make it 3-3.

But Jota tapped in Raul Jimenez's cross to win it in stoppage time and boss Nuno Espirito Santo was sent off after joining in his players' celebrations on the pitch.

Leicester manager Claude Puel was left with his head in his hands after a third straight defeat with Wolves leapfrogging the Foxes into eighth.

The Frenchman said: "We were naive. I hope we can learn, it was important to run the clock down. Now it's difficult, we have a different feeling, negative."

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