Fulham attacker Clint Dempsey was delighted with his treble in victory over Newcastle United.

Saturday's hat-trick was Dempsey's second in as many games at Craven Cottage, having netted a treble against Charlton in the FA Cup third round earlier this month.

The treble was the first by an American in the Barclays Premier League and comes during a purple patch for Dempsey.

"They seem to come in waves goals," he said.

"I'm just trying to keep working hard and keep enjoying the moment while I can because sooner or later they dry up a little bit on you.

"Hopefully I can continue with this form as long as I can because one of my favourite parts of the game is scoring goals.

"I always want to better myself and do better than the year before.

"So far I [have been] able to do that this season. Last season I had 13 in all competitions, now I have 15 in all competitions.

"I have nine in the league, last season I had 12 in the league so hopefully I can do better than 12 in the league.

"But I'm happy with the way things are going and hopefully I can keep putting the ball in the back of the net."