Morgan Whittaker ends Swansea City's 10-year wait for hat-trick
Morgan Whittaker savoured every moment of his hat-trick heroics as he became the first Swansea City player to net a treble since 2011.
The forward took the match ball home after he struck three times in 11 minutes during the Swans’ 4-1 victory over Plymouth Argyle in the second round.
In doing so, he ended a 10-year wait for a Swansea player to strike a hat-trick – the last being Scott Sinclair’s memorable treble in the Championship play-off final win over Reading at Wembley.
“It hasn’t really sunk in. It doesn’t feel real yet,” said Whittaker.
“It was amazing to get a hat-trick and help us get through to the next round. My dad, brother and girlfriend were at the game too, which was special. It doesn’t get any better than that.”
Russell Martin’s side had led through Daniel Williams’ first professional goal, before Plymouth levelled via substitute Rhys Shirley.
Whittaker then restored the Swans’ lead with a sublime left-footed effort from outside the box, before he finished off Jamal Lowe’s fine solo run.
The 20-year-old put the gloss on a memorable night as he finished from close range to net his third and the Swans’ fourth.
“Plymouth got level, but we went on and got three more so that shows a lot about our character and the way we’re going to go about ourselves this season,” added Whittaker.
“It showed everything about us. For me, it’s perfect going forward and hopefully I can get more goals.
“That’s two wins in a row now, and that gives us confidence going into the game against Preston on Saturday.”