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Bowditch: Fantastic to get the hat-trick

22 September 2012

When Dean Bowditch burst onto the football scene with a hat-trick for Ipswich Town on his home League debut, most expected him to take home the matchball after every game.

However, the Hertfordshire-born striker hadn’t scored three times in one match since that home debut – that was until this afternoon.
Bowditch’s trio helped the Dons to their first away League win of the season against Bury, scoring in the 33rd, 55th and 66th minutes to help his side to a 4-1 victory.
And the 26-year-old, who before the game hadn’t scored a League goal this season, was delighted open his account and help earn the points for Robinson’s side.
Speaking after the game, Bowditch said: “It’s absolutely fantastic to have won the game and to get the hat-trick.
“We came here knowing our away record wasn’t very good and so we were desperate to get the result today.
“Whether I scored a hat-trick or not the main thing about today was the three points and we came away with them but it was nice for me to get on the scoresheet too.”
The Dons controlled the game from the outset and had numerous of chances before Bowditch opened the scoring with style just after the half-hour mark and the frontman was unsurprisingly pleased with himself.
“We’ve been working really hard in training on our finishing and Wrighty’s been helping us out massively and we’ve just been focusing on contact.
“It’s all about getting a good contact as you know where the goal is. You need to make sure you get a good contact that’s all I’ve done.
“I didn’t even see where the ball went so to look back and see it in the net eventually was fantastic and a great way to start the game because we deserved it.”
Bowditch sat out of Tuesday’s draw with Notts County after failing to recover fully from a shoulder injury he picked up the previous weekend and the former-Ipswich trainee revealed he may have not even played this afternoon.
“It was touch and go whether I was going to play.
“The Gaffer wanted me too, maybe for my defensive play as well because I always get back and track my man so it was important I was able to get out there and get some minutes under my belt and come away with the three points.
“I might keep hold of the shoulder injury as it’s doing me well at the moment.”
The Dons now look ahead to Tuesday where they take on Premier League Sunderland in a nice distraction from the League but with fixtures coming thick and fast in the coming weeks, Bowditch stressed the importance on keeping focused and being ready.
“It’s hard work at the moment with it Saturday, Tuesday all the time but we’ve got a great physio department and recovery team to make sure we’re all ready for the game.

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