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Andy Cook hopes his hat-trick will prove to be the turning point in Walsall's season

By Joseph Masi | Walsall FC | Published:

Hat-trick hero Andy Cook hopes his goals at Gillingham will prove to be a turning point in Walsall's season.

Andy Cook completes his hat-trick.

The 28-year-old netted a sensational treble at Priestfield on Saturday to see the Saddlers to a 3-0 win.

That result ended a seven-game winless run for Dean Keates' side who now return to action at Plymouth tomorrow.

But while Cook was overjoyed with his goals, he was also delighted with his team's overall performance and a sixth clean sheet of the campaign.

"I was buzzing to get a hat-trick," the striker said.

"But the main thing was getting the win and hopefully we have now turned a corner.

"Results hadn't been going for us. The run we were on - it plays at the back of your mind.

"But at Gillingham, I thought we were really good. It was a game we needed to win and as a team, we are delighted with the clean sheet.

"As a striker, it's great to get the goals, you thrive off goals.

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"But clean sheets also win games, as a team, we are buzzing off that.

"We have to now use this as a platform to change our fortunes and move up the table."

Cook is currently enjoying his first season in League One after previously scoring for fun in non-league.

In each of his last four seasons he has netted 20 plus goals, with the forward grabbing 28 for Tranmere last year. And he now wants at least 20 goals again.

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"When I joined the club – with it being my first season in the league – I said I wanted 15 goals," Cook continued.

"But in my head, because I have got 20 in the last four years, I wanted 20 again.

"I'm on course for that now. Who knows I might get 25. But it doesn't matter how many goals I get as long as we are winning games."

Meanwhile, boss Dean Keates revealed he is still hopeful of adding more players to his squad before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.

The 40-year-old has already added Matt Jarvis, Omar Mussa, Scott Laird and Cameron Norman to his ranks this January.

"Things have gone alright so far and we'd like to add one or two more over the next week/fortnight," Keates said.

"We aren't too far off doing that."

Joseph Masi

By Joseph Masi
Football MMPJ - @josephmasi_star

Football journalist for the Express & Star covering Walsall FC.

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