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'I Had To Score' - Hendrick

Jeff Hendrick insists the Clarets won't slow down after his goal beats Newcastle

30 October 2017

Jeff Hendrick admitted he would have walked out of Turf Moor if he had missed the chance to give the Clarets victory over Newcastle United.

Hendrick scored the 74th-minute winner which gave Burnley boss Sean Dyche another victory to mark his fifth anniversary in charge of the Clarets.

It was a straight-forward finish, although Hendrick deserved credit for keeping his cool from Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s cross to finally break Newcastle’s resistance and secure the 1-0 win which lifted the Clarets to seventh in the Premier League.

“It was a tight game. We knew that coming into it,” said Hendrick after his second goal of the season also gave Burnley a second home win.

“We watched clips on them and they are quite similar to us. They keep it tight and they’re hard to break down.

“But we knew if we kept going they concede goals in the second half and thankfully we got that goal.

“I was hoping the full-back didn’t get a head on it and then I had plenty of time and an open goal.

“If I had missed that, I could have just walked off the pitch, that would have been me done. Thankfully, I had enough time and put it away.”

The Clarets’ victory took their points’ tally to 16 from 10 games and outside the top six only on goal difference.

“We are happy with where we are. We know we have got a lot of hard games and there’s still plenty to play for,” Hendrick added.

“We’ve just got to keep it going. We learned a lot from last year. We’ve got a great group here and we’re not just going to look at the league table and be happy with that and settle for that.

“We’ve got to keep going and keep getting points on the board. We’ve got to keep fighting and keep winning games and at the end of the season, wait and see where we are.”

The Clarets have now kept clean sheets in three of their last four games at Turf Moor as they once again proved under Dyche their ability to come out on top in a tight game.

That has been a trademark of Dyche’s remarkable five-year stint as Burnley boss, which featured two promotions from the Championship before Hendrick signed at the start of last season to help the team get a foothold among the elite of English football.

“I’ve enjoyed working for him. I’ve been here just over a year and I’ve enjoyed every moment,” said the former Derby County midfielder.

“We work hard during the week but that’s the bare minimum he wants on a match-day and then he gives us that freedom to go and play football.” 

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