Jeff Hendrick determined to give Derby County faithful some festive cheer
JEFF Hendrick is hoping to give Derby County fans some festive cheer to end 2012 on a high.
The Rams play their final match of the year against Charlton Athletic at The Valley tomorrow.
Nigel Clough's men are aiming for a positive response following back-to-back defeats.
A 2-1 home loss to high-flying Hull City just before Christmas was followed by a 2-0 reverse against Burnley at Turf Moor on Boxing Day.
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"It would be great to end the year on a high," said Hendrick.
"That's two games gone now and I don't think we deserved to lose either of them.
"So we're a little bit down but we've got to pick ourselves up for the next game.
"Obviously, there is a game straight after too (Middlesbrough at home on New Year's Day), so we need to get the confidence back up within the group.
"It would be nice to give the fans something to cheer about and it could make their Christmas if we can win at Charlton – and we'd be happy as well!"
Charlton are 18th, six places and four points behind Derby, who beat the Addicks 3-2 at Pride Park Stadium earlier in the season.
Chris Powell's men have lost three in a row, most recently going down 2-1 at home to Ipswich Town on Boxing Day.
"It will be another hard game, as they all are in this league," said Hendrick.
"We know we have to keep moving the ball and playing to our strengths.
"It's so hard to predict any scores in this division.
"But, hopefully, we can get a few more points on the board."
Derby will need to tighten up their defending at set- pieces, having conceded from corners in the past two matches.
"It's disappointing to conceded in any circumstances, whether it is from a set-piece or not," said Hendrick.
"I don't think Burnley had too many out and out chances, apart from at set pieces. So we just have to try to improve on that for the next game."
Hendrick was on target in the recent 2-0 victory away to Bristol City and is hoping to add to his tally as Derby's five-man midfield look to provide support for front man Conor Sammon.
"We're enjoying it, really," said the young Irishman. "It's hard work getting up and down but I like it.
"Hopefully, I can keep getting better and better throughout the season.
"I'm hoping I can get another goal soon. That would be nice.
"I just want to get as many goals as I can to help the team."