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Hendrick Looks For Perfect 10

Jeff Hendrick on the hunt for more goals to help fill void left by Brady injury

8 December 2017

Jeff Hendrick hopes there are more goals to come from him as the Clarets look to make up for the absence of injured play-maker Robbie Brady.

The loss of the in-form Brady - nominated for November's Premier League Player of the Year Award - gives Burnley one less attacking and set-piece option.

But Hendrick believes his own advanced ‘number 10’ type midfield role can help him add to the two goals he has scored so far this season, as he looks for a repeat of last season’s outcome against Watford when the two teams meet again in a top-eight clash at Turf Moor on Saturday.

“It would be nice, but it’s going to be a tough game,” said the Republic of Ireland international, who scored his first Premier League goal in the Clarets’ 2-0 home win over the Hornets last September.

“They have been flying as well and putting in really good performances.

“We just need to make sure we’re ready and we know what we need to do.

“We’re happy with how it’s gone, and I’m sure Watford are, too, but we need to keep going and keep putting points on the board.”

Hendrick – who has struck the winners against Newcastle United and Everton this season – added: “I said it last year. I’ve played a few different positions and I don’t mind which one I play. I will try and work hard for the team.

“Maybe that position can help me get a few more goals. I have matched last year’s (total)already and for me, it’s to try and get as many as I can.”

Hendrick admits the long-term injury to Brady, who has undergone successful surgery to repair a damaged patellar tendon in his left knee, is a blow.

But he is backing others to fill the void left by the winger’s spell on the sidelines, while his international team-mate, near neighbour and close friend undergoes a lengthy course of rehabilitation and recovery.

“It’s definitely going to be a blow. You can see, especially in his last few performances, the confidence and the way he was playing,” said Hendrick.

“He was getting on the ball, he scored a lovely goal against Bournemouth, and he was setting up chances. It is going to be a blow, we’re all gutted for him, and we hope he gets better.

“I’ve spoken to him. He knows what he’s got to do and he doesn’t seem too down. He was gutted to get the injury, but he quickly moved on and was focused on getting the surgery and getting himself right.

“He knows it’s going to be a good few months, but he’s focused on getting himself back fit, stronger and ready to go. He is strong mentally, so I’m sure he will be okay.

"But for us it’s all about moving on to the next game. Somebody has got to step up and be ready to play. We’ve got a good group of players training hard every day and somebody has got to fill his boots now.”

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