Dimitar Berbatov became the first foreigner to score 5 goals in the Premiership, with his name now alongside Andy Cole, Alan Shearer and Jermaine Defoe, as one of the four strikers to manage so many goals in one game.
“It was an fantastic afternoon for the team and for me personally – I still can’t quite believe I scored five goals,” said Berbatov. “I’ve scored five in a match before, but it was a long time ago back home in Bulgaria. To do it in the Premier League is a great feeling especially when only a few players have done it. To stand alongside the likes of Shearer and Cole is a great honour.”
Berbatov hadn’t scored since his hattrick against Liverpool, going 7 league games without a goal.
“It had concerned me a little bit because when you’re a striker people just tend to look at the number of goals you score, but, for me, my game isn’t just about goals,” he continued. “It’s about how you play and how you link-up. Today though, for me, it was all about goals which I’m pleased about. I don’t have a favourite, but the first one was probably the most important because it was early in the game and it gave us the confidence to go on and play the way we know we can. We’re in a good position and we want to stay there. I know there’s still a long way to go but with the squad we have and the ability we showed I’m confident we can.”