Date: 1st October 2007 at 4:03pm
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Benjani scored his first hat-trick for Pompey on Saturday in our incredible 7-4 win over Reading and he has been quick to tell the pfcTV how the goals are for us – the fans.

After two goals in the opening two games of the season he has failed to score since, but he took only a few minutes to get off the mark on Saturday, he then scored a fantastic solo effort before completing his hat-trick at the Fratton End, something that meant a lot to him: ‘It was great to score my hat-trick at the Fratton End – that made it the favourite goal of the three goals I scored.

‘The Pompey fans have stuck by me from when I first came here, so it was great to score a hat-trick from them. It was a special moment. They’ve always supported me.

‘When you score three goals you’re more than happy. I think it is the best hat-trick I have ever scored’.

Us fans absolutely adore Benjani, something which his effort alone deserves. He always – without exception – plays with a smile on his face too, with him looking eternally grateful for what he has.

He enjoys a very special relationship with us so it is fantastic to see him scoring goals this season, long may it continue, which so long as he is not wasted on the wing – which he is when he is played there – he will score more.

I can only recall seeing one other hat-trick in a game that I have been at, this was Guy Whittingham’s against Port Vale in a 4-0 win in the late 90’s, but surely there can never have been a more popular hat-trick in Fratton Park history than that scored by the Zimbabwean on Saturday?

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