“He worked really hard, as the whole group did, and he got his reward.
“We now need to get the maximum out of him week in, week out.”
Neil added: “We worked our socks off and got what we deserved – scoring four goals is always a good achievement regardless of the opposition while a clean sheet was also pleasing.
“Now we need to take this into the Charlton game on Tuesday where we will need to work just as hard, if not harder, to get a good result.”
Hooper, who cheered on the Hoops in their League Cup semi-final win at Hampden last Sunday, got the ball rolling in the 12th minute after racing on to a Jonny Howson through ball and coolly slotting home.
The hitman played a slick one-two with Wes Hoolahan to make it 2-0 midway through the first-half and completed his hat-trick from the spot after Peter Clarke had brought down Lewis Grabban.
Nathan Redmond notched the fourth when he curled in a brilliant free-kick from well outside the box.