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Southend United's Bilel Mohsni makes hat-trick stick
BILEL Mohsni was full of smiles after finally being credited with a hat-trick for Southend United against Barnet on Friday night, 15 months after he first felt he should have been given the match ball.
Mohsni hit home three first half goals as Blues brushed aside the struggling Bees 3-0 at Roots Hall.
And the Frenchman insisted nobody was going to deny him his latest moment of glory.
“I’m very happy to have got a hat-trick because last year I got one against Macclesfield and then they gave one of the goals to someone else,” said Mohsni, 24.
“I still say that it was a hat-trick for me but nobody ever agrees with me. But this time it’s definitely mine and I have the match ball so nobody can change it this time.”
Mohsni’s latest fine finishes in front of goal kept Southend fifth in the League Two table and they also guaranteed Paul Sturrock’s side at least a place in the end of season play-offs.
“It is very good to have made sure we are in the top seven and for me it is very good to score three goals as well,” said Mohsni.
“I could have scored a couple more because I missed two good chances in the first half too, but I’m happy with three and also happy that we won the game because it was very important for us to do that.”
Mohsni now wants to continue the run of good results to ensure Blues enjoy a successful end to the season, either through gaining automatic promotion or by winning the play-offs at Wembley.
“We have two league games left and we want to win them both,” said Mohsni. “We still have a slight chance of finishing in the top three but if we miss out on that then we want to finish as high as we can to make sure we get the second leg of the play-offs at home.
“There’s still plenty to be playing for and hopefully I can keep on scoring to help us get more good results."
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