Josh King dazzles as Blackburn's unlikely FA Cup hat-trick hero

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Blackburn's young striker Josh King announced himself to the footballing world by scoring a fantastic hat-trick in his side's 4-1 fifth round FA Cup tie victory over Premier League side Stoke City at Ewood Park last weekend.

The ex-Manchester United youngster looked good throughout the game, despite scoring just one goal for Blackburn this season prior to this game.

King made those statistics look like a misprint as he carved Stoke's experienced defence apart with a fantastic display of pace, power and coolness under pressure.

King for a day

Stoke City, who are no pushovers in any game, were shell-shocked by the otherwise unknown forward.

King's first goal was a typical poachers goal as he flicked home a header from just a few yards out. His other two goals relied upon his pace as he out-sprinted the Stoke defence and twice finished into the bottom corner when one on one with the keeper. King also won the penalty that led to Rovers coming from behind to take the lead 2-1.

Talent is clearly there

The 23-year-old Norwegian International has previously enjoyed loan spells with Preston North End, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Hull City and Blackburn Rovers whilst a Manchester United player. He signed permanently with Blackburn in January 2013.

King has already made his international debut for Norway and on this form it is possible to see why Manchester United bought the youngster from Valerenga in 2008.

Blackburn and King are now looking forward to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup as they look to bring back the glory days to Ewood Park once again.

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