El Nino enjoyed hat-trick

Fernando Torres says he was pleased to score his hat-trick against Reading last night, describing it as “special”. Speaking to his own official website – www.fernando9torres.com – Torres said his favourite goal of the three was the one set up by John Arne Riise, his second, which he blasted into the top corner.

Torres said: “I am really happy and I hope that there will be plenty more goals to come. My aim is to help my team to do well in all competitions. What I achieved against Reading was special, but it was a team effort and the most important thing is that we are now in the next round of the Cup. We all realise that we have let slip some points in our last two games and that we cannot continue to do this if we want to be in the fight for the title”.

He also hinted, without complaining, at the treatment he got from the opposition defenders. Referee Martin Atkinson seemed happy to allow Torres to be roughed up to some extent but Torres just referred to it as “strong marking”. He said: “At the start of the game I could never have imagined that I would score three goals. It was a tough match, with strong marking, but the key to our victory was finding open spaces, and also the quality of the final ball from Leto, Riise and Gerrard. If I had to choose a favourite, it would be my second goal of the night. I think that it was the best of the three. For my first goal, I managed to get in front of the defender before sliding the ball across the keeper into the far corner. Riise picked me out in the box for my second, and the credit for the third goal should go to Gerrard, who put me clean through with only the keeper to beat.”