Hull City

Burke Eager To Go Into International Break On A High

31 August 2018
Reece Burke wants the Tigers to go into the first international break of the season on the back of positive result against Derby County on Saturday.

Nigel Adkins’ side host the Rams at the KCOM Stadium in what is their final match before a two-week layoff and 21-year-old centre-back Burke is well aware of the importance of picking up three points following a frustrating opening month of the Sky Bet Championship campaign.

“It’s an important match for us due to the fact we’re going into the first international break of the season afterwards,” he said.

“We want to go into the break on the back of good team performance and a positive result.

“It can be a long hangover if you lose. But, on the other hand, if you get a win you go into the break eager for the next game to come.

“It is important because when you have a break everyone speaks about the last game and the last game needs to be a good performance, a game where everyone feels we have competed on the pitch.

“Things haven’t quite gone our way in the opening five games of the league campaign but we will try to get the positive result we all want this afternoon and go into the international break galvanised.”

Reflecting more on the challenge he and his team-mates will face against Frank Lampard’s side, Burke added: “Derby are a good side. They showed that with how they performed against us on Tuesday night.

“Obviously, I didn’t play in the cup tie but it was good to watch them and see what they’re all about.

“It was a little bit of an insight that you don’t usually get as you don’t play the same team back-to-back in different competitions very often.

“The team they put out showcased the strength-in-depth they have in their ranks and they’ll come back to the KCOM Stadium today looking for another win to continue their promising start to the season.

“But we know we have a job to do and we’re determined to come away with three points.”