Chris Wood continues hot form, scores first Premier League hat trick

New Zealand striker Chris Wood scored a first-half hat trick and set up the other goal for Burnley to rout Wolverhampton 4-0 in the Premier League overnight.

The Kiwi international opened the scoring at Molineux in the 15th minute with a low shot inside the far post from a difficult angle, six minutes before he made it 2-0 with a close-range finish.

Wood capitalized on poor defending to head in his third goal a minute before halftime. It was his first Premier League hat trick and first in seven and a half years.

Still not satisfied, Wood set up Ashley Westwood to complete the rout with five minutes of normal time remaining.

"It's amazing, something I've always wanted in my career," Wood said after the game.

"It's nice to finally have it, long time coming."

The last player to score a first half hat trick away from home was Michael Owen, who did it for Liverpool in 1998.

"He continue to improve in my opinion," Burley manager Sean Dyche said of Wood.

"His physicality, his understanding of the role, I think he's a top centre-forward."

Wood has the stats to back it up. With 44 goals, he is now Burnley's most prolific striker in their Premier League history.

It is also his fourth straight season with ten or more goals in the competition, putting him alongside the likes of Liverpool's Mo Salah, Tottenham's Harry Kane and Leicester's Jamie Vardy.

Burnley climbed further away from the relegation zone to 14th, five points behind 12th-place Wolves, and have nearly assured themselves of remaining in the top flight next term.

They are nine points clear of the relegation zone with five games to play.