Six Of The Best: Here are our top Premier League hat-tricks
Villa 6 Sunderland 1 [April 2013]
In the end it was a stroll - but not before Christian Benteke had settled Villa's nerves with his first hat-trick in claret and blue.
Early in the second half, with Paul Lambert's men leading 2-1, a crucial contest could have gone either way as Villa looked to enhance their top-flight survival prospects.
But Benteke took the game by the scruff of the neck and destroyed the Wearsiders with three clinical finishes in the space of 15 minutes.
Three points were in the bag and Paul Lambert's men had taken a giant leap towards survival.
55mins: Benteke stoops for close-range header after Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet is unable to hold Gabby Agbonlahor's swerving drive.
64mins: Rising to meet Ashley Westwood's left-wing corner at the far post, he delivers a perfect downward header which Mignolet can do nothing about.
72mins: Capitalising on an error by former Villa defender Carlos Cuellar, he makes it 5-1 by firing home left-footed from an acute angle.
This was the most frustrating hat-trick in Villa history.
It's the only time a Villa player has scored three goals in an official game and finished on the losing side.
To make things even more annoying for the Calypso Kid, he had another effort disallowed for offside - a decision which was subsequently proved by video evidence to be incorrect.
4 mins: A close-range header from Mark Draper's corner as he reacts quicker than Gavin Peacock and keeper Pavel Srnicek.
59 mins: Chasing a long ball from Steve Staunton, he outpaces home defenders before blasting an unstoppable shot past the advancing keeper.
69mins: Sasa Curcic's delightful pass opened up enables Yorke to slip through the middle and slot a low shot past Srnicek.
He had scored twice on his debut against Tottenham the previous Saturday and would follow up with another brace against Liverpool.
Combined with his hat-trick at The Dell, that gave Dion Dublin seven goals in his first three games - the most productive start ever made by a Villa player.
It was a day of celebrations all round on the south coast. Villa's victory extended their unbeaten Premiership sequence to 12 games, which was the best start in the club's history.
2mins: Dublin meets Steve Watson's cross from the right with a superb angled header which nestles just inside the far post.
56mins: Lee Hendrie surges through the middle from the half-way line, and even though his run is halted by Ken Monkou's challenge, Dublin is on hand to sweep home a low shot from the edge of the penalty area.
85mins: Hendrie's corner from the left is nodded down by Ugo Ehiogu and Dublin, facing away from goal, flicks the ball into the bottom corner with the outside of his right boot.
There was a time when Luke Moore was regarded by many as the best finisher at the club and that certainly seemed the case at The Riverside as he became the first teenager to score a Premier League hat-trick for Villa.
The 19-year-old was in prolific form that winter, also hitting the target in home draws against Chelsea and Newcastle either side of the Boro game.
18mins: Jlloyd Samuel's cross from the left is flicked up invitingly by Kevin Phillips for Moore to drill home a left-foot volley eight yards.
62mins: A fine run by Steven Davis and an accurate low Gareth Barry cross pave the way for a close-range finish. Moore's first effort is blacked but he slots home at the second attempt.
64mins: Davis wins possession and sprints forward from the half-way line to release Moore with a perfect pass. The young striker deftly clips the ball over the diving Mark Schwarzer and into the far corner.
John Carew, Carew, he's gonna score one or two - or, in this case, three.
Villa trailed at half-time to an early Michael Owen effort but were back in contention when Wilfred Bouma equalised with a deflected shot three minutes after the interval.
Then the towering Norwegian striker took over, putting two headers and a penalty past Steve Harper, who had taken over in goal from the injured Shay Given.
50mins: Carew meets Ashley Young's inswinging corner from the left with a glancing header which leaves Shay Given well beaten as it flies into the far corner.
72mins: An instinctive header gives sub keeper Steve Harper no chance after the ball ricochets around the penalty area following Gareth Barry's overhead kick.
90mins: Stephen Carr's hand-ball results in a penalty award, and regular spot-kick taker Barry sportingly allows Carew to take it. He completes his hat-trick with an unstoppable shot.
Gabby Agbonlahor's treble in the space of eight second-half minutes was the first Villa hat-trick on the opening day for 78 years.
Even more impressive, he became only the sixth player to score three or more times in the opening match throughout Villa's history.
His perfect hat-trick - one with either foot, plus a header - was also one of the fastest scored by any player during the Premier League era.
68mins: Gabby hooks the ball home after Curtis Davies heads Ashley Young's corner across the goalmouth.
74mins: A powerful header from Gareth Barry's centre gives keeper Joe Hart no chance.
76mins: Barry's pass sends him racing through the middle to calmly stroke the ball past the advancing Hart.
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