JORDAN Henderson insists losing his ever-present Premier League record has given him a new hunger to remain in Sunderland’s starting XI.
Henderson was the only Black Cats player to have started every top flight game this season until he was left out against West Brom two weeks ago.
Steve Bruce had wanted to give the 20-year-old a breather several months earlier, but was forced to rely on the midfielder as Sunderland’s injury problems increased.
But Henderson was rejuvenated after being recalled at Birmingham last weekend and hopes he can continue to prove his worth against Wigan tomorrow.
Henderson told the Echo: “I had a bit of a point to prove last weekend because I didn’t play against West Brom and I wanted to get back in the team.
“I was obviously disappointed not to play against West Brom, but the gaffer spoke to me beforehand and I sort of agreed with what he was saying.
“He said that I’d looked tired in recent weeks so he wanted to give me a bit of a rest.
“I didn’t really think I needed one, but it worked because I felt much better in myself last Saturday. It was probably one of my best games of the last few months.”
Full story in tonight’s Sunderland Echo.