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Ton-Up Hendrick Celebrates In Style

Midfielder marks 100 Premier League performance with stunning late goal

14 September 2019

Jeff Hendrick joined an elite list of Clarets as he celebrated his century with a point-saving strike at Brighton.

Hendrick became just the fourth Burnley player to make 100 Premier League appearances when he came off the bench at the Amex Stadium.

And after joining Ashley Barnes, Ben Mee and Sam Vokes in the exclusive club the midfielder struck with a magnificent injury-time leveler to earn the Clarets an unlikely-looking point from a 1-1 draw.

“I’m delighted to have made 100 appearances in the Premier League,” said Hendrick, who joined the Clarets from Derby County three years ago.

“It’s a great thing and something I’ve wanted to do since I was a kid. But the main thing was to get on and help the lads get a point.

“I didn’t know it was into stoppage time. I was just trying to get onto the ball. I linked up with Dwight and just carried on to get into the box.

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“Vyds set the ball up nicely and I was able to come onto it and strike it first time.

“I was happy with it. I do it in training enough and it’s all about bringing it onto the pitch and thankfully help the team get a point today.”

Hendrick’s first goal of the season was unleashed from closer to 25 yards as he belatedly cancelled out Neil Maupay’s 51st-minute opener for the Seagulls to give Sean Dyche’s men a second away point of the campaign and lift them to 12th-place in the tabe.

And his effort - which came at the end of a fantastic move as the Clarets saved the best until last - rewarded a determination to try and stay in the contest after being second best following a lively opening half-hour.

“I thought the lads started very well. You can’t be brilliant for the whole 90 minutes,” added Hendrick, who made it a memorable double after winning his 50th cap for the Republic of Ireland earlier this month.

“Brighton came back into it and the lads had to dig deep. It was a tough day out there and very warm.

“But like we always do, we stay in games and give ourselves a chance to get something out of it and thankfully we did.

“The character of the squad means we keep going and got that goal.

“Any point you can get on the road is great. The lads have started the season great and picked up a few points and we’ve just got to kick on and keep adding to them.”

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