Former Partick Thistle striker Ade Azeez was delighted to get the first hat trick of his career in midweek as the U’s defied their league form to hammer Southampton’s Under 21 side in the EFL Trophy.
The 24-year old moved on to six goals for the season, although he has hit just two in 12 in the league. He’s now hoping his form in the cup can be transferred to league action.
“It’s my first career hat-trick so it’s nice,” he said. “It doesn’t matter about the competition, as a striker you just always want to score goals so it’s nice to get three tonight.”
“Every striker goes through a stage when you’re getting the chances, you’re creating the chances and you’re not sticking them in the back of the net. I back myself, I always get in the positions. I thank my teammates, they always find me and I’m just glad I can put them away tonight and hopefully I can take that back into the league on Saturday.”
His Cambridge side are struggling at the wrong end of the table, currently 23rd in a tightly contested early relegation battle. Azeez, along with Barry Corr and Jabo Ibhere, has struggled to have an impact leaving Joe Dunne under immense pressure.
That pressure won’t ease tomorrow as they welcome a resolute MK Dons to the Abbey Stadium.
Azeez needs to perform in proper action, not against Southampton’s kids in a trophy few care about. His hat trick will be morale building for him, but there’s few U’s fans who would prefer their midweek win to just a point this weekend.
Joe Dunne will be under immense pressure if they fail to get a point from their next two games, against MK Dons and then leaders Lincoln City.