Jeff Hendrick hoping for repeat performance at Nottingham Forest
DERBY County midfielder Jeff Hendrick would love to repeat his match-winning performance against rivals Nottingham Forest this weekend.
Hendrick scored the decisive goal to give Derby a 2-1 victory at the City Ground 12 months ago and he describes the moment as one of the highlights of his career so far.
His strike completed a remarkable comeback for 10-man Derby after they had goalkeeper Frank Fielding sent off in the second minute and fell behind to the resulting penalty.
Derby return to the scene of their famous win on Sunday, and Hendrick said: "Another win and another goal for me, it would be amazing if that happened.
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"The main thing is to get the three points.
"It will be tough. Forest are a good side but we are looking forward to the game."
Recalling last season's clash on the banks of the River Trent, Hendrick added: "I just remember being happy that I was starting for the first time against Forest.
"The atmosphere was unreal and it was a crazy start to the game when Frank was sent off.
"I remember their fans screaming because they'd got a penalty and we were down to 10 men.
"We looked around at each other thinking it could be a long day but we dug deep and stayed together.
"When we had the ball, we used it well. We created chances and played really well.
"It was a great win and a great day."
Forest led through Andy Reid's early penalty before Derby levelled through Jamie Ward's brilliant goal.
Hendrick's winner came after 72 minutes.
Craig Bryson and Mark O'Brien kept Forest pinned back and Wes Morgan's poor header only reached Ben Davies on the edge of the area.
As he shaped to shoot, Hendrick stepped in to take charge and guided the ball beautifully wide of Lee Camp for his first goal in senior football.
"It's the best goal I've scored," said Hendrick. "Ben Davies took a touch and I don't know what made me run on and hit the ball. I just did and, thankfully, it went in."
Hendrick's goal arrived 10 minutes after he had missed a clear-cut chance.
Theo Robinson, who ran miles for the cause, kept the ball in on the right and found Davies, who clipped a delicious centre to the back post, where Hendrick was unmarked three yards out.
The Rams fans behind the goal waited for the net to billow and the cry of "goal" was in their throats but he somehow headed wide.
"I knew you would ask about that," Hendrick smiled.
"It was a great chance. I don't think I'll get an easier chance than that ever again.
"The ball was coming across and I just thought 'put it in the net and you've scored'.
"But it didn't happen that way and I just wanted the ground to open up.
"I thought I'd have to make up for that and, thankfully, I did."