A couple matches on the bench awakened Wayne Rooney‘s finishing.
The English legend scored on the rebound of his penalty kick, then added a second before launching an audacious goal from inside his own half.
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Quite a hat trick for the Everton man, and a much-needed highlight reel performance as the Toffees belted West Ham United 4-0.
Here’s Rooney after his 203rd, 204th, and 205th goals of his outstanding Premier League career, via the BBC:
“We had to win. We had to stand up and show what good players we are. It’s the first step of where we want to go – moving up the league.
“It wasn’t the best penalty, I was fortunate to get the rebound. The third goal, it fell to me, Joe’s out of his goal and I thought I’ll have a go and I hit it sweet. I tried to hit it hard and keep it under control. It was a perfect moment.”
But more than anything else, it was good see to Rooney put forth a classic performance after a year’s worth of grief from club and country media.