TARIQE Fosu struggled to sum up his joy after inspiring Oxford United to a record-breaking win with a fabulous hat-trick.

The winger’s clinical first-half double put the U’s in charge at Lincoln City, before bagging the fifth with a swerving shot from at least 30 yards.

It finished 6-0, a bigger winning margin than any of their previous 1,199 away games in the Football League.

Jamie Mackie, James Henry and Matty Taylor completed the scoring, but Fosu stole the show.

The treble was more than his total for the whole of last season and the 23-year-old was left stunned, especially by the third goal.

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“I shot and thought ‘oh, it’s miles over’,” he said.

“But it just came down and the keeper stood still. When I saw it hit the net I was just ‘wow’.

“It’s madness, I’m speechless.”

Fosu planned to mark the feat with a family dinner at home, but not before spending a long time celebrating the victory with the travelling fans at Sincil Bank.

Fosu said: “It was lively in there. They’re a good set of fans.

“I’ve never been involved in a game like this.

“You’ve got to enjoy it, but at the same time keep level-headed and look for the next game. One game doesn’t make the whole season.

“I’ve got to celebrate it a bit, but then get back on it again.”

The thumping victory came four days after United failed to fire in a goalless draw at Bolton Wanderers.

But when the 3-0 victory over Tranmere Rovers is added to the mix, it meant a week where Karl Robinson’s side had claimed seven points.

It catapulted them up eight places, from the edge of the Sky Bet League One relegation zone to sneak into the top half of the table.

With ten games gone, traditionally the marker when the division starts to take shape, the U’s are in the pack and looking up.

Fosu said: “Tuesday at Bolton didn’t happen for us and the boys were raring to go in this game.

“To get a result like this away from home was brilliant.

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“We’ve got a great team here. Our aim at the start of the season was promotion and I think we’ve still got a chance.

“We’ve just got to keep going and keep being relentless.”

Before they return to league action, United’s next challenge is at home to West Ham United in the Carabao Cup third round on Wednesday.