Didier Drogba nets Montreal Impact hat trick, but 'room for improvement'

Didier Drogba scored a hat trick in his first Major League Soccer start to help Montreal Impact to a 4-3 win over Chicago Fire on Saturday night but admitted he was not happy at the result despite his performance.

Drogba, 37, completed his move to MLS in late July after being released by Chelsea and netted his first goal for the club with a left-footed strike in the 27th minute. Jeff Larentowicz hit back with a penalty before Wandrille Lefevre scored for Montreal but then saw his effort cancelled out minutes later by Gilberto.

Kennedy Igboananike put Chicago 3-2 up but Drogba equalised two minutes later from a quick restart and then gave his side the lead for good five minutes later with a header from close range.

But the former Chelsea striker was not happy with the overall performance, despite his hat trick.

"For me, it's not a good result," Drogba told reporters. "The most important thing is that you get the three points, but when you look at the game itself, you know we've got a lot of things to change and to work on. There's always room for improvement in this team."

Drogba celebrated after the final whistle by presenting his jersey to a fan after the match and added: "The crowd was amazing. And, you know, this Man of the Match [trophy] that they gave me at the end, it's for them. I give it to them."

Interim Impact coach Mauro Biello was pleased, however.

"What can I say? What a performance from Didier," he said. "He's such a committed person. He's won everywhere. "He came here with a great spirit, with such a will to win. And we saw that tonight."

Drogba has been suffering with a toe injury and after playing the full 90 minutes, the Ivorian is confident he will be fit for the two away games up next at Los Angeles Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes.

"It's still painful, even more now," Drogba said. "But we've got a few days to rest, get some treatment and be ready for the next game."