Newcastle desire to 'run teams into the ground' this season as Hendrick clings to Rotherham positives
The Republic of Ireland international grabbed the Magpies only goal in Tuesdays 1-1 draw with Rotherham
Jeff Hendrick has revealed Newcastle's design to 'run teams into the ground' this season with the team's fitness being a major axle of the Magpies' pre-season campaign.
United principally struggled in their third pre-season benign on Tuesday evening, with Hendrick's glancing header repair at the death enough to recovery a 1-1 draw inveigh League One outfit, Rotherham.
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The 1,488 strong away latter expressed their surprise towards Mike Ashley and the Premier League at the New York Stadium but Hendrick insisted there were some positives to issue from their work in South Yorkshire.
Namely, cited eminent fitness after a amount of players put in extra undertaking over the summer with the club's best pair sports scientist James Allan, and he felt that paid off as the pastime wore on in the second half.
"They were thumping positive and on the exterior foot and their season starts a week ahead of ours," Hendrick told
"But we had some honest chances so it was a arduous amusement but there are some positives.
"We understand we lack to take care of the ring supplementary and put some chances away.
"It was tough. The hurl was dilatory and it was difficult to take the globe fast.
"We posses put in a mountain of difficult work and with a few additional bodies on, they looked tired towards the end.
"We absence to hold obtaining fitter and use that fitness to run teams into the ground.
"Then it is about brushing up on keeping the sphere and moving it quicker and I am sure we cede do.
"We tranquillity hold a honest few games to go and a few weeks ahead of us."
Having started the game in his normal event of central midfield, Hendrick was deployed as a temporary centre-forward in the dying embers of Tuesday's draw.
The idiosyncratic bring paid off, though, as he connected with Jacob Murphy's corner to probe home the equaliser before celebrating in outside of the 'exceptional' travelling support.
"Murph puts in a great ball," Hendrick explained.
"Week in, week out in initiation his oratory is prime nick and I had empirical his earlier alcove and that was the scale it went.
"It fell to me and I managed to smooch it towards goal.
"It was great. I haven't practical too many of the Newcastle fans since I hold joined but they were remarkable in the last entertainment and again today.
"It is eminent to have them back because they are a authentic voice and they get late the yoke and push us forward."
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