Middlesbrough’s hat-trick hero Vossen

Jelle Vossen
Jelle Vossen

JELLE Vossen was at ease that his barren run of 12 games without a goal would eventually end.

The Belgium striker netted a stunning hat-trick against Millwall on Saturday, his first goals for Middlesbrough since joining on loan from Belgian outfit Genk for the duration of the season.

Squad rotation between himself, Kike, Patrick Bamford and Lee Tomlin from manager Aitor Karanka has restricted the 25-year-old to just five starts so far this season.

But now he has a goal tally next to his Boro career stats he believes he can score more.

He said: “Everybody told me that if you got one the rest will follow and that’s what happened. I got three goals and we got three points.

“I try to never hesitate in myself. The longer it takes the more difficult it gets, not just for me but the team, fans and the club as well.

“I always kept working very hard and hard work pays off.”

Vossen has been taken aback by the array of quality in the Boro dressing room, saying that each player is capable of playing an essential part in the club’s promotion push.

“When I came here we had 12 (first-team) players but since I joined the team has been going very well,” he added.

“We have a lot of quality in the squad. The gaffer has some big decisions to make as he has a lot of players who are able to play in the starting eleven. That’s a good thing as it shows how strong our squad is.

“We will need everyone until the end. I have had to wait a long time for my chance I have took mine.

“Everyone has to be ready every second in the Championship.”

This Saturday’s home game with league-leaders Derby County is being touted as the season’s most important so far given that a Boro win would put them a point better off than the Rams but a defeat would create a five point gap.

Vossen, though, sides with the maxim that each game is as crucial as each other and he is not placing any extra significance on the outcome.

“It’s only three points we can win against Derby,” he insisted.

“We have to take every game as a big final from the start to the end.

“It’s a big game but we go into it with a lot of confidence.

“We need to keep on doing the same as we’re doing at the moment and take it game-by-game. “There’s still a long way to go and nothing is decided yet but every game is important and every win is another good step to the future weeks and coming months.”