U23 winger Ali Koiki secured his first hat-trick of his career this afternoon (Monday), in a 3-1 win over Ipswich Town, as the Clarets remain unbeaten in the Professional Development League.
The 20-year old, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Swindon Town, grabbed a brace last week and the opener against Colchester United a week before.
And the in-form winger was delighted to have bagged his first hat-trick of his career, but also to see Steve Stone’s side extend their unbeaten run to six matches.
Koiki, who took his goal-tally up to six this afternoon, said: “I am really happy to get a hat-trick, because I am continuing my goals, but to get the win was the most important thing, so I am buzzing we got that, and we continue to push on.
“We are doing really well; we have had a great start to the season and it’s good to be a part of it.
“Steve has got together a good bunch of lads, we are all taking care of each other and demanding off each other.
“And being one of the senior members of the squad now, I have to lead by example in a way and demand from the boys at times.
“The young boys are doing really well as well since they have come in, it’s like they are one of us really.
“So, all in all the mood is good at the moment and we will keep striving to push on."
Koiki, who has played most of his career in the left-back role, now playing as a number seven out-wide also stated that he has taken the role of penalty-taker.
Former Claret Dan Agyei was the previous spot-kick taker for the U23s, but after the striker departed in the summer for Oxford United, the door opened for a new spot-kick taker.
“Well, I have taken on the role and scored both of them, so yeah I think I will be taking the upcoming penalties, but we will just have to see if we get another one first," said the winger.