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Posted Monday, March 5th 2018

Reid dedicates hat-trick to his mum

There were celebrations all round in the Reid household at the weekend.

Striker Bobby Reid netted his first career hat-trick in the 4-0 rout over Sheffield Wednesday, deservedly taking home the match ball in the process.

But he gave his prize for a star-man performance at the Gate on Saturday to his mum, who was celebrating her birthday on the same day.

The Bristolian striker, a graduate of the City Academy, said: "I’m absolutely buzzing. It was my mum’s birthday as well so it is a present for her. Hopefully we can carry on now, I can get more goals and we can climb up the table."

Hat-trick hero Bobby Reid presented his mum with the match ball (Instagram)

Reid slotted two balls past Owls keeper Joe Wildsmith from open play, before tucking away a second-half penalty to put him on 19 goals for the season.

Does Reid, who only converted from midfielder to striker in the summer, believe he can reach the milestone 20 goals?

"I want more than 20. If I can, then hopefully we can get more points on the board and we can make the play-offs [at the end of the season]."

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And reflecting on Saturday's overall performance, he said: "It was brilliant. Everyone stepped up, everyone wanted to play football.

"We showed a lot of enthusiasm, energy, we played great football and the goals were just perfect.

"With my first goal I wanted open my body up and slot it [into the corner] but I had to switch it up. The second one was a nice pass from Marlon Pack. I took a left-foot finish and it went in. With the penalty, I picked my spot early on and went for it.

"It was my great opportunity to score the hat-trick and I took it.

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INJURY UPDATE

Eros Pisano made his first appearance in four months, completing 68 minutes on his return against the Owls on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Bailey Wright (knee) and Nathan Baker (groin) both missed out – and Joe Bryan ended the game with a lump on his head following an aerial duel.

City head coach Lee Johnson said: “Bailey had an injection in his knee and should be okay for Tuesday (at Preston North End). We’ll have to see how Nathan is because he failed a fitness test today.

“We’ll also have to look at how Eros is because he hadn’t had the benefit of any Under-23 games before playing today. Joe was a bit dizzy but hopefully he’ll be alright.”

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