Ollie Watkins is filling his boots in Aston Villa’s Conference League qualifier, scoring a hat-trick against Hibernian at Easter Road.
The England striker went into the game having not scored in either of Villa’s Premier League matches this term, but is having a field day against the Scottish Premiership side.
He got the ball rolling on 17 minutes with a glancing header from Lucas Digne’s cross on the left before getting his second on 33 minutes following a well-worked corner.
Leon Bailey then made it 3-0 with a header on 42 minutes, and Watkins completed his treble just after the break when he slotted the ball home from inside the Hibernian box after being laid off by Digne.
Villa’s 4-0 advantage puts them firmly in charge of the Battle of Britain clash with the second leg to be played at Villa Park on August 31. The winner of the tie will secure a place in the group stage of this season’s competition.
West Ham are the current holders of the Conference League, beating Italian side Fiorentina in last season’s final.