Rams midfielder Hendrick aims to maintain his perfect record against Forest
JEFF Hendrick will be looking to maintain his 100% record against Nottingham Forest today
The Derby County midfielder has won all three matches he has played against the Rams' arch rivals so far.
Hendrick memorably scored his first senior goal to give Nigel Clough's men an unlikely 2-1 victory at the City Ground last season, when they played virtually the whole game with only 10 men after keeper Frank Fielding had been sent off.
When Forest visited Pride Park for the return fixture in March, Jake Buxton's dramatic strike deep in added time sealed a 1-0 success for the hosts, though the result was marred by a serious injury to skipper Shaun Barker.
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Hendrick and co completed a hat-trick of wins over their neighbours at the end of September, when Craig Bryson netted the only goal of the game in Nottingham.
Derby will be aiming to make it four out of four at Pride Park Stadium today (1pm).
"It's such a big game and the lads are buzzing for it," said Hendrick.
"It will be tough, as it always is against them.
"We just have to give it our all and, hopefully, get a result like we did at their place earlier this season."
Forest are currently in yet another period of transition under new boss Alex McLeish following the surprise sacking of Sean O'Driscoll on Boxing Day.
But Hendrick, who turns 21 at the end of the month, is not paying too much attention to such matters.
"They've still got a good group of players there, with some big names, so any game against them will be hard," he said.
Hendrick has been in good scoring form of late, having netted three times in his last three games.
That has taken his tally for the season to five, surpassing the three he scored during his breakthrough campaign last term.
He added: "I'd love to make it four in four if I can!
"I'm trying to score more goals this season and it's nice to get on a little run.
"Hopefully, I can keep doing that but, more importantly, help us win some games."
Hendrick's most recent strike came in the defeat at Brighton last weekend – but the Rams will be glad to be back on home soil against Forest, where they have prospered this season.
"We've been playing well at home and we don't really fear anyone," said the Republic of Ireland Under-21 international. We just have to play our own game and, hopefully, get off to a better start than we did at Brighton."
McLeish's men go into the game ninth in the Championship, three points ahead of 12th-placed Derby.
Asked whether he would rather beat Forest or finish above them in the table, Hendrick said: "I'd rather do both, to be honest. It's difficult to choose.
"Obviously, it's always nice to beat them but we want to win as many games as we can and finish as high up the table as possible."