STEVE McClaren is delighted to see Ireland international Jeff Hendrick keep up his scoring record and also help Derby County into the next round of the Capital One Cup.
Having scored the only goal of the game on the opening day of the league season last Saturday, Hendrick popped up with another goal last night in a 2-0 win for Derby away to Graham Kavanagh's Carlisle.
"I'm pleased that Jeff has got another goal and the corner routine itself was something we talked about before the game," said McClaren.
"On Saturday we didn't have anyone on the far post on a few occasions but this time Jeff sneaked in around the back and nodded home. Credit to the players for recognising the situation and it's good to see Jeff scoring again."
Hendrick scored just five goals in 38 appearances for club and country last season so the 22-year-old is already ahead of schedule this season with two goals from two games.
The former St Kevin's Boys player is heading into a big season with club and country. He played in the last three international games, with impressive starts against Italy and Portugal, and although competition for midfield places will intensity ahead of the September games against Oman and Georgia with the return of James McCarthy and Darron Gibson, Hendrick is firmly in Martin O'Neill's thoughts.
Compatriots Leon Best also played for Derby in the win at Carlisle, coming on as a sub, but Conor Sammon was again unused on the bench and a move away from the Rams is likely for Sammon in the coming weeks, with a possible loan move to Ipswich Town still on the cards.