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The Oh So Necessary Frame-By-Frame Breakdown Of Jeff Hendrick's Magical Moment

Mikey Traynor
By Mikey Traynor
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Irish football fans know all about the technical skill and ability of Jeff Hendrick, but the wider Premier League world was woken up to his brilliance on Saturday afternoon, after he made the game of football look piss easy by simply deciding that a goal would be scored once the ball was shunted in his direction.

Hendrick had come in for criticism from the fans after Burnley were trounced 4-0 by West Brom on Monday Night Football a few weeks back, but those same fans are now likely informing their spouses that their first child will be called Jeff after a genuine 'Goal Of The Season' contender.

Footage of Premier League goals happens to be a sensitive area on the internet these days, so as much as we would like to bring you the goal on loop for three hours, we won't.

Instead, we'll offer your the frame-by-frame breakdown, and our best ideas as to what was going on inside his head as the goal which came from some magnificently Irish direct play.

Step 1 - Heaton gives it a lash.

The true beauty of this goal comes from it's origin, as a tribute to the great Packie Bonner. Heaton looks for available options, and when he sees nothing but the back of his defenders' heads, he throws caution to the wind and punts the ball as far away from his goal as he can.

Step 2 - Jeff smells an oporunity and takes off.

He's played with Shane Long and Jon Walters long enough to know that beautiful things can happen when you make a run off a striker who is good in the air, this time it's Sam Vokes.. Is he good enough to get the perfect flick on?

Step 3 - Vokes closes his eyes and hopes for the best.


He's been beaten to the ball by the impressive Ake, and the ball goes back to the right-back Lowton who, again, took the Irish option and played that fecker down the channel..


Step 4 - Lowton plays the ball of Trapattoni's dreams.

Hedrick made the run, so the best option was a ball into him to take the play into the opposition third. It was a good ball, not a great ball, and Jeff was given a platform to show off his skills.


Hendrick plucks the ball out of the sky with his big toe, a touch so delicate that it could have caught and cradled a baby that had been thrown from the top of a multi-storey car park.

Step 6 - He sets himself, he knows what's coming.

At this moment it's not too late to have a second thought. A fake shot trapping the ball before turning for support would have been a sensible choice allowing his teammates to shift higher up and maybe get a cross in... But fuck that for a laugh.


Step 7 - The strike... The beautiful, beautiful strike.

Yes, Jeff.

What a hit son. The arc on the ball... You knew it was going in the moment he caught it. The type of goal you daydream about scoring in the middle of a boring school day.

Step 8 - Bask in the ambiance.

The perfect celebration. A beautifully executed knee-slide followed by that pose, just drinking in the love from the frenzied Burnley supporters.


You're a beast, Jeff. Keep it up.


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