Adebayor pays tribute to team-mates

29 April 2008
Emmanuel Adebayor paid tribute to his Arsenal team-mates for making it easy for him to score his second hat-trick of the season in the demolition of Derby County. The striker, who netted three against the Rams at the Emirates earlier in the season, followed suit at Pride Park as the Gunners hit Derby for six.But this time the Togo international needed just half-a-game for his treble. Adebayor, who replaced the injured Robin Van Persie at half-time, was indebted to assists from Theo Walcott, Gael Clichy and Cesc Fabregas as he took his tally for the season to 30.

He said: "When I came on I got the chance to play with good players like Cesc Fabregas, Theo Walcott and Nicklas Bendtner. Every time I went through I had a good ball to finish.

"It was great to score a hat-trick - as a striker I'm always looking to score a lot of goals. But it was more important for the team to win because we want to finish the season in the best way we can."

The victory, which kept Arsenal's remote hopes of pipping Manchester United and Chelsea for the Premier League title alive, guaranteed the Gunners third place.

But it was the manner of it that pleased manager Arsene Wenger and left Derby boss Paul Jewell grateful his team's Premier League nightmare is almost over.

Jewell said: "Arsene said to me he wouldn't like to play against his team when they're in that mood. I couldn't agree more."