Mikael Forssell described his hat-trick against Tottenham Hotspur as 'a dream come true.'
The 26-year-old Finn has endured a frustrating few years following a serious knee injury and has struggled to establish himself in the first team. However, he has started the last three games although he was withdrawn after just ten minutes against Arsenal last week following the sending-off of Martin Taylor.
"You dream about a day like this," he said. "This is my first hat-trick in this country and it feels great. I was hoping for another chance after last week. It was a bit of a disappointing weekend for me last week. I know why I was sacrificed, but it is disappointing.
"I last scored a hat-trick for Finland against Macedonia in a World Cup qualifier in 2005 [which the Finns won 5-1] but this was my first in this country and I've been dreaming about it. But the most important thing for us was to get a win."
Forssell said he was proud to be included in the ranks of Birmingham stars who have scored trebles and feels he has unfinished business. "To be the first Birmingham player to score a hat-trick in the Premier League is a great thing and I am very proud of that because Trevor Francis has been here and played, a great player," he said.
"I want to do better than I've done in the last couple of years. I want to get a run of games and goals. If I didn't believe I could get my old form back, I wouldn't be playing because I know what I can do. In training, even during the darkest times, I knew I still had it in me.
"You need to be strong as an individual when times aren't great. I really love this club and I still have a lot of unfinished business."