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Confidence Is King For Hendrick

20 January 2017

Jeff Hendrick is loving life at Turf Moor after helping take the Clarets into the Premier League’s top 10.

Hendrick is in an outstanding run of form as one of the driving forces of Burnley’s midfield.

And he admits his confidence is soaring on the back of a string of fine performances which have been instrumental in lifting Sean Dyche’s side into the top half of the table and through to the fourth round of the FA Cup.

“I thought I settled in pretty quickly but I always knew there was more to come from me. I still think there is,” said Hendrick, who signed from Derby County as Burnley’s club record buy at the end of August.

“I feel I’m playing with a lot of confidence. It is a great thing to have.

“I’ve been at the other end of the scale at times during my career when I’ve been low on confidence.

Jeff Hendrick has scored twice for the Clarets so far this season

“It’s not nice and it’s a hard thing to turn around, so while you’ve got it you’ve got to embrace it and enjoy the games.

“I’m loving playing here with this group of lads and for the staff. I’ve enjoyed the games I’ve played in and I think I’m getting better as the games go on.

“I feel I’m growing as a player within the group and hopefully I can continue to do that and keep improving.”

A run of five successive home wins – launched by Hendrick’s stunning strike in a 3-2 victory over Bournemouth in early December – has given the Clarets’ campaign real momentum.

They are now 10 points clear of the relegation places and Hendrick is determined to try and maintain the upward trajectory.

“A few games down the road the table could look a lot different. But we have put ourselves in a great position and now it’s time to keep improving and not take out foot off the gas,” added the Republic of Ireland international.

“We are in tenth for a reason, because we have put in good performances and worked hard to get the points we have.

Arsenal have won their last four home Premier League games

“We’ve got to kick on and keep putting in those performances and getting as many points as we can.

“We’ve worked so hard to get into the position we’re in and we’ve got to keep going.

“I don’t think there’s anyone in that group will take their foot off the gas, which is a brilliant thing.

“We’ll keep fighting and working hard every day. We’ve set goals this year and we’ve got to make sure we achieve them.”

The Clarets’ current run of success has been built around their remarkable home record, which has seen Dyche’s side win eight times at Turf Moor in the Premier League.

Only three sides have taken maximum points at Burnley this season, including Arsenal, who escaped with a 1-0 victory thanks to an injury-time goal at the start of October.

Hendrick admits that defeat hurt at the time and he is looking forward to the challenge of trying to gain some compensation against the Gunners, who are fourth in the league with just one home defeat to their name this season.

“We have nothing to lose. All the pressure is on them,” said the 24-year-old ahead of Sunday's trip to take on Arsene Wenger's heavyweights.

“That’s the good thing for us. We can go into the game fearless. In the last month or so the performances have been getting better and better.

“The points haven’t shown that but we have definitely been playing better away from home and hopefully we can put in another good performance on Sunday.

“We have not picked up the points we would have liked, and maybe deserved in some of those games, because we have played some good stuff.

“The main thing is for us to carry on turning out those performances and hopefully it will turn into results and to enjoy the game.

“There’s many people who would love to go and play a game of football at the Emirates, live on television with the stadium full.

“It’s going to be a big occasion for us and we’ve got to make sure we rise to it.”

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