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Ivoirien striker, Arouna Kone, scores hat-trick, as Everton downs Sunderland 6-2

Arouna Koné. Photo; diplomat

Arouna Koné. Photo; diplomat

EVERTON’S Arouna Kone has spoken of his joy to score his first hat-trick in English football after netting a treble in the 6-2 thrashing of Sunderland.

The Ivoirien striker scored just one goal in an injury-ravaged first two seasons with the Blues following his £6 million move from Wigan Athletic.

Kone said: “This is my first hat-trick in the Premier League. Before I scored one in the Netherlands. It’s good for the team and we need to continue like that.

“The best goal was the first because it was on my left foot and I played a one-two with Rom.”

Meanwhile, stand-in captain, Gareth Barry, admitted he didn’t expect such an open game.

He said: “It was very end-to-end, not the plan we had before. Their goal just before half-time really changed the game as we were comfortable.

“But during the second half some of our attacking play was really good.
“The plan during the week in training was to get down the sides because we knew they were going to be tough to break down.”



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