Hoops the daddy! Sheffield Wednesday hero dedicates goals to new-born baby daughter

All smiles two goal Gary Hooper...Pic Steve Ellis
All smiles two goal Gary Hooper...Pic Steve Ellis
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Gary Hooper dedicated his match-winning performance in the Owls’ comprehensive victory over Cardiff City to his new-born baby daughter.

The striker featured prominently in all three of Wednesday’s second half goals as Carlos Carvalhal’s side confirmed their place in the Championship play-off positions.

Owls Gary Hooper rounds City keeper David Marshall

Owls Gary Hooper rounds City keeper David Marshall

Hooper’s brace capped off a hectic week for the former Norwich player, who became a father for the first time. He told The Star: “I have had less sleep than normal, but I managed to get my rest. It’s been a nice week.

“Obviously my goals are for her (my daughter).”

Cheered on by over 31,000 fans at Hillsborough, the Owls secured their first victory in five outings, cementing a top-six finish with a match to spare.

“The fans were brilliant, loud and behind us all the game,” said Hooper. “They can make a difference at Hillsborough in the play-offs.

All smiles Gary Hooper

All smiles Gary Hooper

“Being back in the Premier League would mean the world to the fans here, and to everyone involved. We have a chance to do it. We are two games away from getting to the final.

“Anything can happen in the play-offs.”

The 28-year-old is desperate to fire Wednesday to promotion and prove he can cut it at the highest level.

He said: “I scored six goals for Norwich, but it’s really important for me to get back to the Premier League.

“It’s one of the best leagues in the world. You play the top teams and everyone wants to beat you.”

Wednesday will play their home leg on either Friday May 13, kick-off 7.45pm or Saturday May 14, kick-off 12;30pm, depending on a fifth or sixth-place finish.

Tickets have gone on sale now to season ticket holders and are available online only until tomorrow. Tickets are priced £20 adults, £15 over 65s and 17-20s, £10 Under 17s and £5 Under 11s.

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