Hat-trick hero Dele is keeping his feet on the ground

Dele Alli
Dele Alli

Dele Alli’s first professional hat-trick ball is going straight onto his shelf at home.

The 17-year-old sensation bagged all three of Dons’ goals against Notts County on Tuesday night as they closed the gap to Peterborough in sixth to just three points, with Posh visiting stadium:mk on Saturday.

But far from whipping his shirt off in George Baldock fashion, Alli said he didn’t know what to do when he scored his final goal, but knows exactly where the match ball is going when he gets home.

“I’ve got the match ball and I’ll get all the players to sign it. I’ll put it on the shelf forever.

“I’ve never felt like this. I’m speechless.

“We needed to come out firing. They hit the crossbar after about two minutes, so we needed to get the first goal to calm everyone down. It was a bit hectic to start.”

Alli scored the opener after just two minutes, by which time Notts County has already hit the crossbar in a frantic opening.

But Alli’s second shortly after half time settled Dons’ nerves. A dubious penalty gifted County a way back into the game, but Alli’s third in stoppage time sealed the win.

Alli was described by Karl Robinson as potentially the best player to ever wear an MK Dons shirt after the 2-1 win at Swindon last Saturday.

But Alli believes his family and team-mates are helping keep his feet firmly on terra firma.

“I’ve got family who keep my feet on the ground, and the players here help me do that too. I’m not letting it go to my head, I’m just playing as well as I can, training hard and hopefully that’ll get me as far as I can.

“Thankfully, the manager has faith in young players and he isn’t afraid to throw you in at the deep end. If you’re good enough, you’re old enough and that’s what you need when you’re young.”

And though his hat-trick celebration, holding three fingers in the air, was reserved, he said he wasn’t planning on emulated George Baldock’s wild antics from the weekend.

Alli joked: “I need to get in the gym a bit more before I do something like that!”