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Jeff Hendrick

Jeff Hendrick

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Jeff Hendrick

After the longest break between international games, the Republic of Ireland get back to action tonight for the first time in nine months.

And Jeff Hendrick says the side can't demand patience from supporters for Stephen Kenny's ideas to be put into action as results are needed right away.

"I hope so, yeah," Hendrick said when asked if the public would be patient.

"But we've got a game and we can win the game. I think we should win the game. Hopefully we can win it in a nice way.

"There are going to be changes and a different style of play. That's what we've been working on.

"We are going to try and implement everything we've been working on.

"What we've seen on videos or what we've been told, we are going to try and bring that into the game, we just have to try and gel together and get used to that."

Hendrick has welcomed the arrival of Kenny into the manager's chair but he has also benefited from having the ear of Kenny's assistants, Damien Duff and Keith Andrews, who know the demands of playing in the Irish midfield.

"Both of them have played for Ireland, they are players we'd have have known and watched in the green jersey and they have been brilliant," he added.

"The manager and the staff, they've been brilliant with the training sessions they've put on. It's helped us, it's given us information on what they are trying to do with us and the point they are trying to get us to."

Hendrick will get a taste tonight of what behind-closed-doors football is like as he missed the Premier League restart, due to his contractual situation with Burnley before his move to Newcastle.