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Hendrick salutes Derby start

IRELAND international Jeff Hendrick hopes he can kick on for the rest of the season after he managed to play his first 90 minutes in almost four months.

Dubliner Hendrick started the season in the first team at Derby County but a knee injury, picked up on league duty against Yeovil in August, knocked him off course and he has only recently been able to reclaim a place in the Rams side.

Hendrick, 21, had made four sub appearances for Derby since his return from injury, but he was handed a place in the starting XI by boss Steve McClaren for Saturday's game away to Charlton Athletic in place of the injured Will Hughes. He delivered a strong display and was pleased to see out the full match, Derby 2-0 winners at the Valley.

"Near the end I felt a bit tired, but I just had to keep going for the team. The lads were helping me, dragging me along, and it was just good to get through the full 90 minutes," said Hendrick.

"It is good to have a strong squad, Will has been very influential this season for us, he has played well and it is a loss having him ill, but it was good for me to get my first start since Yeovil.

"I was tired but the lads helped me through it; I remember Fozzy (Craig Forsyth) at one stage was yelling at me to get back into the middle, but it was good to get the 90 minutes and I will be better for that now.

"When you are tired and you keep going that is how you build your fitness up.

"It was good to play the full game and help the lads get three points."