Hoddle praise for hat-trick hero Keane

Last updated : 13 January 2003 By FootyMAD

The Republic of Ireland striker scored his first ever Premiership hat-trick in the 4-3 victory at White Hart Lane.

Hoddle said: "That has been waiting to happen. Robbie's had his chances before, but today he was clinical and scored a magnificent hat-trick of pure quality and might have had a couple more.

"It was a great exhibition of clinical finishing which we want him to improve on and he's showing now that he's capable of that.

"I don't think I've ever worked with a player who creates chances for others as well as finishing the chances we create for him.

"If we can get his ratio up, which I think will happen with time and hard work, there's no reason why he can't become a clinical finisher."