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Burke: Our Fight And Desire Saw Us Through

21 October 2020

Reece Burke admitted that the Hull City’s performance against AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday night was not at its best, but praised the Tigers’ desire to get over the line for the 1-0 win.

The centre-back has been ever-present in the Tigers’ League One matches, helping Grant McCann’s side to six clean sheets in their seven outings.

“I think it was good for us to get a goal before the break,” he said. “For us, I think it will be nice to score more goals to see the game out, but that’s my only criticism.

“We said in the changing room that it wasn’t the best performance, but we won 1-0 at the end of the day. It’s a sign of a good team that we can get a result when we don’t play as well as we’d have liked.

“Each player is at it, you can see how we protect our goal. It’s not just the defenders, it’s everyone. Everyone wants to get in front of the shots, everyone wants to defend and everyone is doing their bit for the team.

It’s that fight and desire from the players which we’re all showing and that’s good to see.

“It’s nice to be up there at the top, but our focus is always on the next game which is this weekend, so we’re looking forward to that.

“I feel like I’m quite experienced playing League One football from my first loan, but it’s about me trying to play well every game and being a player that stands out, that’s my aim.”

The last two games have seen a new partnership form at centre-back, as Burke has been joined by Hull City Academy product Jacob Greaves, with the duo keeping clean sheets in both games.

And the Tigers’ number five was quick to praise his fellow centre-back for his impressive start to life in League One.

“I know Greavesy was at Cheltenham last year on loan and I heard good things that he’d done well,” said Burke. “I speak about him because I think he’s doing really well and he’s deserved his chance and as you’ve seen from the past two games, he can play at this level.

“He reminds me of when I broke through at Bradford. Hopefully he keeps pushing on and keeps his shirt.”

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