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Fabio Silva praises Burnley striker Chris Wood after Wolves hat-trick

Fabio Silva has praised Chris Wood for the hat-trick he scored against Wolverhampton Wanderers yesterday.

The New Zealand international was on hand to punish Wolves for some abysmal defending, and scored three times in the first-half to bury the game.

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He then turned provider in the second-half for Ashley Westwood.

Wood’s three-goal haul in the first-half away from home makes him only the second player in Premier League history to achieve such a feat after Michael Owen.

He really did make it a nightmare day for the defence, and Wood has come in for a kind word from Wolves striker Silva.

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He said (Wolves official): “For a striker, I think the best thing is scoring goals. It’s about staying motivated and these goals give confidence to help you help the team.

“But it’s not only about the goals, but about the work that the individuals give the team.

“Congratulations to Wood, I think he’s a good player, and congratulations for his hat-trick because it’s good for a striker to score.”

Wood, who was reportedly on Kenny Jackett’s transfer radar back in 2015 (Shropshire Star), has now bagged 10 times for the Clarets in the Premier League, meaning he has scored exactly a third of their total goals in the competition.

Silva can learn from Wood

Silva’s praise for £50,000-a-week star Wood (Spotrac) probably won’t go down well with some fans, who are quite rightly still annoyed by the team’s performance yesterday.

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He shouldn’t get criticism though – he is just a youngster and has probably been a little naive speaking positively about opposition players after such a heavy defeat.

Hopefully the teen just uses the experience to better himself and produce performances for Wolves like the one Wood did at Molineux.