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We Need To Do Better: Hendrick

Goalscorer says Clarets must get back to being themselves

26 August 2018

Jeff Hendrick says the Clarets need to start showing their true colours to get their Premier League season on the right track.

Burnley’s 4-2 defeat at newly-promoted Fulham on Sunday leaves Sean Dyche’s men with just one point from their opening three games.

And after getting the run-around from the rampant Cottagers to make it back-to-back league defeats, Hendrick knows the Clarets need to rediscover the form that saw them lose just two of their opening 12 games last season en route to finishing seventh in the Premier League.

“We didn’t do ourselves justice and we didn’t play the way we know we can,” said the Ireland international, whose first goal of the season made it 1-1 early in an action-packed first half which saw Fulham lead 3-2 at the break.

“It is disappointing but we’re the only ones who can set it right and that’s what we need to do.

“We’ve got two more tough games before the international break and we need to show a better performance after that.

“That wasn’t a performance we’re used to giving so we need to get back to the drawing board and get back to being ourselves – being hard to beat, being solid, working for each other and making the game hard for the opposition. And we have to do it quickly.

“We need to think about what we did very well last year and what we were good at.”

Hendrick – whose performance earned words of praise from boss Sean Dyche – cancelled out an early thunderbolt from Fulham record boy Jean Michael Seri before two quick-fire strikes from dangerman Aleksandar Mitrovic put the Londoners 3-1 up as they chased a first win of the season.

James Tarkowski’s second goal in two games kept Burnley in touch at half-time, but with the big-spending Londoners continuing to make chances and punch holes in the Clarets’ defence they finally killed the game off with a late fourth from the impressive Andre Schurrle – another summer signing.

The Clarets now face the second leg of their Europa League play-off against Olympiakos on Thursday night as they look to overturn a 3-1 deficit.

And with a Premier League fixture to come against Manchester United next Sunday, Hendrick is looking for a positive reaction from a side that made keeping clean sheets a speciality last season.

“Everyone says when you’ve had a bad result you want another game as quickly as possible and that’s what we’ve got,” added the attacking midfield man.

“We’ve got a massive game in mid-week. We got beaten out there (in Greece), but we’ve got a chance to rectify that.

“Going a man down it was tough, but that’s where it starts and that’s where we’re looking turn our performances around and be solid again.

“We can score goals and make it hard for the opposition and there’s no reason why we can’t do it on Thursday.

“And then on Sunday, it’s another lovely game for us to play at home against Manchester United and we’ll look forward to that.

“We played the big teams last year and enjoyed playing them and enjoyed the hard work we have to put in against them and that’s what we need to get back to doing after today.”

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