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Wednesday 20 November 2019

Jeff deserves a new deal: Boss

Dyche is full of praise for Hendrick's fighting form

Jeff Hendrick has fought his way back into the Burnley team
Jeff Hendrick has fought his way back into the Burnley team

Burnley are keen to agree a contract extension with Ireland's Jeff Hendrick after Clarets' manager Sean Dyche praised the Dubliner's patience in winning back his place in the side.

Hendrick was out of favour at Turf Moor in the first stage of the season, but he has become a vital figure in recent weeks, scoring two goals in his last four Premier League appearances, the most recent strike securing victory against Everton.

Hendrick's contract expires at the end of this season, but Dyche says talks are "active" on a new deal. The former St Kevin's Boys player joined Burnley from Derby County in 2016.

"I have been really pleased," Dyche said.

"I said early in the season there were players who were very unfortunate not to be playing and he was definitely one of them.

"He found his way back into the team - if you look at his history under me he does, he finds a way of playing.

"He is delivering and we want a side that has professional enjoyment.

"Jeff looks like he is enjoying the challenge and enjoying the work, the whole team do."

Meanwhile, Hendrick's midfielder partner in Geneva on Tuesday, Alan Browne, feels that Ireland can deliver in the must-win game at home to Denmark next month if they can expand their second-half display across the 90 minutes.

Browne came in for his first competitive start in Geneva and while the night overall was a struggle for the midfield, the Cork-born player says he saw reason to hope in the second 45 minutes.

"I think the way we performed in the second half against Switzerland will give us the belief that we can beat Denmark," Browne told the Lancashire Evening Post.

"In the first half, we sat off them and probably showed them a bit too much respect, but we came out after half-time, knowing that we had to go up against them and be expansive.

"We will need to do the same for the full 90 minutes against Denmark and if we do that in front of a home crowd in Dublin, we can get the win which will hopefully be enough to see us qualify.

"It is between ourselves, the Danes and Switzerland for the two automatic qualifying spots.

"We are going to be up against it but considering the group we found ourselves in and the calibre of teams in it, I think if somebody had said that it would come down to the last game and we need to win - we would have taken that.

"It's one game now away from qualifying and we will go up against them with every intention of winning."

Blackburn Rovers hope to have Irish defender Darragh Lenihan back fit within two months after surgery.

"Darragh Lenihan has a lateral knee ligament injury.

"He is a big player for us and was badly missed when he was out for a spell last season," manager Tony Mowbray said.

"It's six to eight weeks, let's hope it's closer to six."

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