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NYC star Lampard revels in historic hat-trick

Frank Lampard could not hide his delight after becoming the first New York City player to score a hat-trick in MLS.

Lampard etched his name into the history books after scoring three goals in New York City's 5-1 rout of Colorado Rapids on Saturday.

It has been a long and hard road for Lampard in New York, battling fitness and injury concerns, while attempting to win over fans in the Big Apple.

But the 38-year-old former England international seems to have finally gained the approval of fans after improving his tally to eight goals in eight games.

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"Really happy, I didn't realise that [record of becoming the first New York City player to score a hat-trick]," Lampard said.

"I know is very short history but it's a great accolade for me as a person.

"I'm very happy and when I'm playing well, feeling good, obviously I can score goals, I've managed to do since I've been fit.

"To the three goals, personally I feel great but for the team more importantly, twice now in recent weeks we lost a game and come straight back the next week and won. And that's what team who wants to stay on top of the table must do."

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Of captaining the team in the absence of regular skipper David Villa, Lampard added: "I mean I'm pleased. Listen David's our captain and does a very good job, not just on the pitch where he scores a lot of goals and leads us from the front but off the pitch.

"I think is important for all the players to show their leadership and been around a long time playing for a long time with great captains and as captain myself at times I tried to use the experience to help today and I think everyone perform well today."