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Hendrick: We Worked For That

Points the main prize for midfielder after his 'goal' sparks fightback

12 January 2019

Jeff Hendrick isn’t sure whether he can claim the goal that sparked the Clarets’ comeback win over Fulham.

But the Irishman was just happy to bank the points as his efforts helped secure a third successive Premier League victory to keep Burnley’s revival in top gear.

For the second league game in a row the Clarets fell behind thanks to a wonder-goal from German World Cup winner Andre Schurlle.

But Hendrick triggered the fightback as his effort, which may have been far-corner bound, flew into the net off Fulham defender Joe Bryan before Denis Odoi re-directed another Hendrick cross past goalkeeper Sergio Rico to keep the Clarets climbing.

Both goals were officially credited as own-goals and Burnley attributed with no efforts on target – and Hendrick wasn’t about to quibble as he praised the collective spirit that saw Sean Dyche’s men repel a second half storm to close out a 2-1 win.

“I don’t know,” said Hendrick on his prospects of being able to reverse the decision and double his goal tally after scoring against Fulham at Craven Cottage in August.

“I haven’t seen it back. I tried to look at it on the screen when I was trotting back but once we got the goal today was about the three points.

“It was a great goal they scored right at the start and it’s hard, especially in this league. When a team goes ahead, they seem to win or get something out of the game.

“But we knew we had plenty of time and we needed to get back on the front foot and get the ball going forward and we got a few chances and luckily their defenders put it in for us.

“It gave us something to go into half-time with and to cling onto.

“The group of lads out there, whoever’s playing, can dig in and work for each other and that’s what we did.

“It is massive. Every game is massive and to keep the momentum going the way we have been playing the last few games and the results we’ve pick up. It’s good to that keep going and hopefully we can continue that.”

The victory – a fourth in a row - lifted Burnley seven points ahead of Fulham, who remained second from bottom of the table, and kept them two points clear of the bottom three in 15th place.

And Hendrick played a major role after being asked to fill in on the right-hand side of midfield in the absence of wideman Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Robbie Brady and Aaron Lennon.

“I’ve played there a few times with Ireland, so I know the role a little bit,” he told Clarets Player HD.

“But wherever I’m put I’ll go out on the pitch and try and help the team.”

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