Scott Sinclair deflects praise onto Aston Villa teammates after hat-trick heroics

The 26-year-old winger's three-goal haul helped Villa beat Notts County 5-3 in Tuesday night's Capital One Cup clash.

Aston Villa winger Scott Sinclair has heaped praise on teammates Jack Grealish and Joe Cole after the playmaking duo helped him bag a hat-trick in Tuesday night’s 5-3 Capital One Cup victory over Notts County.

Sinclair, 26, was speaking to AVTV after the match, in which the home side hauled themselves level on three occasions thanks to his three-goal haul before settling the second-round tie in extra-time.

After County took a 2-1 lead into half-time, the former Manchester City man grabbed his first goal five minutes after the break thanks to Grealish, who set up his fellow midfielder’s simple finish with a well-worked move in the area.

Former Villa striker Graham Burke put the League Two club in front for a third time just six minutes later, but Sinclair would equalise for a second time from the spot with 12 minutes left after Kieran Richardson was brought down in the box to send the match into extra-time.

He then completed his hat-trick in the 99th-minute after latching onto a sublime pass from Cole, who replaced the injured Adama Traore on the hour, before fellow substitute Joe Bennett completed the scoring soon after to set up a meeting with arch-rivals Birmingham City in the next round.

Unsurprisingly, the ex-England Under-21 international’s goalscoring display received most of the headlines after the game but he himself was quick to deflect the praise onto the providers on the night.

“You have to see the assists as well,” he told AVTV. “I think Jack was outstanding, and obviously Coley came on and gave me another assist.

“As long as they’re getting assists, I can get on the end of them.”

Continuing on his penalty, he added: “I’m quite used to dealing with the pressure of penalties. I like stepping up on all occasions and hopefully I can continue that.”

Sinclair initially joined Villa from Manchester City during the January transfer window on a loan deal for the rest of the season, before going on to score three goals in his first seven appearances for the club.

A hamstring strain ended up limiting him to just a couple of brief cameos over the final two months of the campaign but, with the club’s Premier League survival later triggering a £2.5 million permanent move, the former Chelsea product is now desperate to make up for his dismal spell at the Etihad Stadium.

Things are going to plan so far, having also netted a hat-trick in the pre-season finale against Nottingham Forest, and if he can rediscover form that saw him tipped for an England call-up at Swansea then Villa will have got an absolute steal.

“In pre-season, people will say it doesn’t count but it’s good for confidence,” he added. “Every game I go into I’m looking to score, create goals and just do the best I can do, and I’m taking it all in my stride.”

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