Hendrick seeing double as he aims to increase tally
JEFF Hendrick is hoping to take his goal tally for the season into double figures after finding the net again for Derby County at Hillsborough.
Hendrick opened the scoring in Saturday's 2-2 draw with Sheffield Wednesday.
It was the midfielder's sixth goal of the campaign – with five of them coming in his last 11 outings for the Rams.
"Hopefully, I can get into double figures," said the 21-year-old. "That would be nice.
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"At the start of the season, I said I wanted to beat last season's tally (three).
"I've done that and managed to get on a bit of a roll. Now I want to see how many I can get."
Against the Owls, Hendrick – fresh from winning his first senior cap for the Republic of Ireland – rounded off a fine team move that involved Jamie Ward, Craig Bryson and Will Hughes.
"It's what we do in training – quick one and two-touch passes – and it was nice to see it go in," he said.
"I think the keeper (Chris Kirkland) got a hand on it but I took it early, so he couldn't really get set.
"It was one of my best goals but I don't really think about that – I just want to keep getting on the scoresheet.
"It always helps the team out when your midfielders are scoring and, hopefully, I can get a few more."
Despite leading 2-0, Derby had to settle for a point in the end as the hosts came back strongly.
"We got a good lead and maybe if we'd kept it for five or 10 minutes, it would have been hard for them to get back into it," Hendrick added.
"But once they got their first goal, the atmosphere changed, their fans lifted them and they went and got a second.
"We came under a lot of pressure but, other than the two goals, I thought we coped with it well.
"There was still half an hour to go when they got back to 2-2 but I thought we saw the game out well and looked strong.
"We haven't been picking up too many points away from home this season so it was good to even get a point on the board, though, obviously, three points would have been better."