Koeman hails record-breaker Mane

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May 16, 2015 17:33:32 UK

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman praised Sadio Mane after the Senegal international scored a hat-trick inside three minutes in the 6-1 win against Aston Villa.

Mane grabbed his first-half goals in two minutes and 56 seconds as he completed the quickest hat-trick in Premier League history, beating the record of four minutes and 33 seconds set by Liverpool’s Robbie Fowler in 1994 against Arsenal.

Saints led 5-1 at the interval and they are 201.00 to win the 2015/16 Premier League title.

Southampton had failed to win any of their last four matches but were in scintillating form against Tim Sherwood’s side, who are safe from relegation despite the drubbing following Hull City’s defeat at Tottenham.

“I enjoyed it very much like all the fans because we played great football,” said Koeman.”We had great spirit from the beginning and that was the difference between the last away games and today.

“We also had some help from Aston Villa who played offside, high defending, (gave us) a lot of space and then you have to punish that.

“It’s not normal to score a hat-trick in two or three minutes, not in the Premier League, Holland or the worst league in the world.”

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