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Burke: ‘A Very Professional Performance’

1 March 2021

Defender Reece Burke praised his side’s professionalism after Hull City’s convincing 3-0 win at struggling AFC Wimbledon.

Penalties from Josh Magennis and Mallik Wilks, either side of a fine improvised finish from Burke, secured a ninth away win of the season on the Tigers’ first visit to Plough Lane.

“It was a very professional performance,” said Burke.

“It was important we bounced back after the defeat against Ipswich and we did.

“We stuck to the game plan. In previous games, when we didn’t get the results, we maybe slipped away from it as a collective.

“It was a very professional performance and we’ve just got to keep enjoying it and keep pushing on.

“We know what the aim is – it’s promotion. Everyone wants to get promoted and I think if you look at our team, on paper, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t.”

The 24-year-old had not scored for Hull City prior to this season but has now netted four times in his last 20 appearances – the best goalscoring return of his career.

His latest strike came on the stroke of half-time when he skilfully hooked in from close range after Magennis had nodded Lewie Coyle’s diagonal ball back across goal.

“We played a free-kick short and then ‘Coyley’ put a good ball into the back stick,” explained Burke, who has now made 104 appearances for the Tigers.

“I just thought I’d get myself in the box and try to get on the rebound, which I did from Josh’s knock-down.

“At first, I tried to direct it towards goal but there were two people around me and I knew it was going to get blocked.

“I just tried to keep it alive. I didn’t expect it to land to me again and I had to stab away at it quick with my right foot.

“I thought it was a good finish so I was happy.”

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