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Jeff shows an eye for goal with Rams win


Jeff Hendrick

Jeff Hendrick

Jeff Hendrick

JEFF Hendrick hopes to carry his scoring form into the rest of the season after netting an opening-day goal for Derby County.

The Ireland man scored five times for the Rams last season but he's already on the way to bettering that, Henderick on target in a 1-0 win over Rotherham United, and man of the match Henderick wants more goals.

"I've got a target, but I haven't really told anyone so that's for everyone to guess," he said. "At the end of last year I got a few goals and I want to bring that into this year and thankfully I got the goal and it's got us three points. Hopefully, I can get many more this season. There are a lot of games still to play so maybe I can," added Hendrick, who played down his own role in the win.

"It wasn't just down to me - it was a team performance. So everyone worked hard and, thankfully, we got the goal. I think it was a solid performance from us."

Meanwhile, MIck McCarthy was full of praise for Ireland striker Daryl Murphy - and potential Irish recruit David McGoldrick - for their form with Ipswich Town.

Murphy scored the opening goal and McGoldrick, who is uncapped but has declared an interest in playing for Ireland, scored what proved to be the winner against Fulham.

"Murph was excellent. He took his goal well and did great for Didz's goal and of course, it was great to see Didz back," McCarthy said of McGoldrick, who has only returned to fitness following a knee injury.

"We didn't think he'd make the first game a few weeks back but he has worked really hard and the physios must take credit as well. He's top quality and it was a boost for everyone to see him out there. I thought we deserved it. We played well and it's great to start with a win, especially against a team relegated from the Premier League."