Rushian Hepburn-Murphy bagged a hat trick for Tranmere yesterday as they brushed aside a poor MK Dons side at Stadium MK.
The result earned Paul Tisdale and his staff the sack, but that shouldn’t be the focus of the news after an outstanding display from the on-loan Aston Villa man. Hepburn-Murphy spent time at Cambridge last season and although he looked okay, he didn’t set the world alight.
His tenure at Tranmere had been much the same up until his trio of goals yesterday. Clearly delighted, he took to Twitter to express his joy, prompting a glut of responses.
The win lifts Tranmere up to 18th and with a game in hand over Lincoln and Gillingham a win could lift them to 16th. That would be a good turnaround after a horrible start to the season in which they struggled for goals and chances.
Their young on-loan star might be the key to keeping their good run going; they’ve arguably got a weaker squad than last season and are just another of the promoted teams currently struggling to adjust to life in the division.
However, Hepburn-Murphy might be a bright spark set to ignite a run of form and, if he is, these fans of both Aston Villa and Tranmere will doubtless be behind him. Some Villans even think they should be bringing the youngster back into the fold as an extra option in their attack.
Can we recall him ? UTV!
— Paul (@fairisworth) November 2, 2019
Well done mate, boss performance?⚽️⚽️⚽️
— Ethan Hoijord (@EthanHoijord3) November 2, 2019
You showed today why a Premiership club rate you highly, and the first showing for us Tranmere fans of what your all about. Well done mate, truly outstanding finishing and quality. It's obvious now why our outstanding manager Micky brought you here in the first place. Brilliant!
— Dave Edwards (@daveyedwards85) November 3, 2019
Not even Norwood managed a hattrick in the 4 seasons he was with us! ???
— PAUL (@TRFC710) November 2, 2019
Can’t wait to see you back at the villa, premier league player soon enough ??
— Mr Steele Yo Girl ? (@AVFCJacksteele) November 2, 2019
Completely different level fully deserved
— Jonathan Harries (@harriesdon87) November 3, 2019
Birkenhead is proud of you tonight lad , congrats on the hatty
— Danny Sadler (@trfcdanny1884) November 2, 2019
Will AVFC let you play for us in the FA Cup next week?
— Roy McDonald (@roverkopite) November 2, 2019
You owned that defence today. 20% quicker in mind and body – top job. ?
— Rob Pelter (@rjpelter) November 2, 2019
Need to get him back will give us a different option up front he has pace and no clearly has become more clinical in front of goal! Congratulations and hope many more hat trick too come! ???
— Khatkar (@khatkar_b) November 3, 2019