Neil’s hat-trick of headers has made a big impression. (©PAphotos)
Neil Mellor of Sheffield Wednesday, currently on loan from Preston North End, gained the acclaim this month for a brace of superbly taken hat tricks in just three games.
After his treble at Hillsborough helped to thrash Hartlepool United 4-1 to send Wednesday into the northern-area semi finals of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, ten days later his next victims were found in the shape of a stunned MK Dons.
Against United, his opening goal came in spectacular fashion, curling the ball past Jake Kean, and before long he doubled his side’s lead with a sneaky side footed goal from inside the six yard box. And as if he hadn’t already heaped enough misery on the north east side, he then ensured he would be taking home the match ball, scoring from the penalty spot afterHartlepool’s Gary Liddle had fouled him.
Mellor then ventured down south to continue his scoring spree, securing his second hat trick of the month in Milton Keynes. Despite the Dons going ahead initially, Mellor provided the equaliser from a precise header and went on to net a further two – another header from a set play finished the game off and Mellor then completed a hat trick of headers to put the icing on Wednesday's cake.
To add to his hat trick exploits, the towering front man weighed in with a goal against Southport in the FA Cup and earned two penalties in the 3-2 win over Northampton. He then came close against Rochdale, directing a powerful header onto the crossbar and spent a month in which the Sheffield outfit face eight exhausting games leaving League One defences in tatters.
The former Liverpool striker, perhaps best known for once scoring the goal that knocked Arsenal out of the Carling Cup, looked to be well on his way to again playing that class of football, and deservedly earned a standing ovation from the Owls’ faithful in both games after being substituted late on.
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