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First Goal Always Vital - Hendrick

12 December 2016

Jeff Hendrick stressed the importance of striking the first blow after his wonder goal set the Clarets on the way to victory over Bournemouth.

Hendrick put the Clarets in front after plucking the ball out of the sky before arcing a sumptuous long-range volley into the top corner.

That paved the way for a 3-2 Turf Moor win as Burnley twice went on to enjoy a two-goal advantage thanks to further goals from Stephen Ward and George Boyd.

And while Hendrick played down the quality of his second Burnley goal, the midfielder recognised the value of drawing first blood as Sean Dyche’s men secured a fifth home win of the campaign to return to mid-table.

The Republic of Ireland international said: “The pass was a little bit over hit but I was lucky to get it under control. It just sat up well and thankfully I got a good connection and it went into the top corner.

“I was happy to get the goal, although the main thing was the three points.

“It’s always good to get the first goal. When we are on the road we have gone down the first goal and it’s hard to come back from.

Eleven different Burnley players have scored this season after George Boyd joined Jeff Hendrick on the scoresheet

“We’ve got to try and get the first goal in games when we can, especially when we are on top. I thought we started brilliantly and we’ve got to keep doing that.”

Burnley’s only goal away from home so far this season came when they were 3-0 down at Southampton.

And Hendrick is looking for a better return on the road to keep momentum building with a London double-header coming up at West Ham on Wednesday night and Tottenham next Sunday.

He added: “I don’t think we have had a problem scoring goals at home. We’ve got to bring these types of performances into our away form.

“We’ve got a great chance now with two away games this week, so hopefully we can put it right.

“Once we start the game brightly, like we did on Saturday, and if we can get the first goal, I think we will build in confidence and go on from there, so hopefully we can do that.

“We need to keep pushing on and getting points when we can. We’ve said that from the start. It’s going to be a tough year.

“There are going to be ups and downs but we’ve got to make sure every game we go into we work as hard as we did on Saturday.”

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