Sport – Hooper: Confidence is high at Paradise

GOALSCORING hero Gary Hooper has praised the mental strength of his team-mates after their derby demolition of Rangers on Sunday. The striker struck a brace in the first-half and Kris Commons found the net after the break to complete a comprehensive 3-0 victory over the Ibrox side.

It was a wonderful performance and in stark contrast to the last time the sides met in Paradise back in October when the visitors triumphed 3-1.

And Hooper believes the turnaround in fortunes is down to a growing self-belief among the squad.

He said: “We showed with this performance that our mental strength is really good, we are performing well and everybody is comfortable on the ball. Maybe we are just more confident. Not much has changed so maybe we just believe in ourselves more now.

“We are performing well and we have shown that for the last few months. It was a perfect result and the performance was too. We kept a clean sheet and scored goals and that’s what we need to do.

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