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More goals are key to Hendrick’s experience

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 08, 2013

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JEFF Hendrick is hungry for more goals in a Derby County shirt after netting two in two appearances for the Rams.

The 20-year-old Irish midfielder has hit four so far this season and three in his last six games.

He has responded to a call from manager Nigel Clough for his midfielders to let off more shots and scored in the 3-1 win over Middlesbrough on New Year’s Day and 5-0 demolition of Tranmere Rovers in the FA Cup at the weekend.

“I’m happy enough — it’s two in two and I could’ve had another with my left foot but I didn’t catch it right,” he said.

“I want to keep getting on the scoresheet.

“I just have to get in the box and keep shooting.

“It’s four for the season now and I want to keep getting more.”

Hendrick looks on course for double figures this season, but the youngster — a product of Derby’s academy — is not setting himself any targets.

“I’m not sure about double figures, but you never know,” he said. “For a few games the gaffer’s been telling us we need to have a few more shots.

“And I’ve been putting it into my mind going out into games to have a go in and around the box.

“With the light balls nowadays, even if it doesn’t go in the keeper can parry it and someone going in can get a goal.”

Hendrick struggled for form in the early months of the season, suffering a predictably awkward second campaign after really bursting onto the scene on 2011/12.

He is now firing on all cylinders — but does not know why his form has suddenly improved.

“I’ve got a bit more confidence in training and have brought it into games,” he said. “I’ve grown with each game and have been trying to do the things I do well.”

Derby, meanwhile, are getting goals from all around the team, with only Gareth Roberts of the regular outfield players still looking for his first of the season.

“Goals have been coming from all over the pitch and against Tranmere we had five different goalscorers,” said Hendrick. “It’s good it’s coming from all areas of the park.”

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