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Kermorgant's hat-trick delight

Bournemouth striker Yann Kermorgant has spoken of his delight at bagging his first career hat-trick on his first start for the club.

The 32-year-old, who joined from Charlton for a reported fee of 400,000 in January, netted three and Harry Arter added two as the Cherries demolished Doncaster in a 5-0 win.

Kermorgant started up front alongside top goalscorer Lewis Grabban after coming off the bench in his first four appearances for the Championship side.

The Frenchman inspired Bournemouth to their first win in five as they moved 12 points above the bottom three and he says he was desperate to make an impression.

"I was very happy because it was my first start and I needed to show something to make the difference for the team," he told the Daily Echo.

"I thought I might have started earlier and was beginning to think maybe I had done something wrong after four games in a row on the bench.

"When I signed, the manager said he couldn't promise I would start every game. Maybe four games in a row on the bench was a big surprise for me but you know you have to work hard in training and be ready when the manager asks you to play.

"When you sign for a new team, you need time to settle with your new team-mates. When I first arrived, the weather was not the best so we didn't train a lot.

"It would have been tough for the manager to put me straight in so I have had to work hard, be patient and look to take my chance when it came.

"I knew I would have to play well and score. I didn't want to stay on the bench for too long so, hopefully, I have proved and shown I want to play in the next game."