Hull City

Burke Pleased With Orient Workout

10 July 2019
Reece Burke was pleased with a fast and competitive workout against Leyton Orient in Tuesday night’s pre-season opener in Marbella.

Although the first of two friendlies during their time in Spain ended in a 2-2 stalemate, Grant McCann’s first game in charge of the Tigers proved to be a lively encounter.

Burke opened the scoring with his first goal in a black and amber shirt midway through the first half, only for Dale Gorman’s free-kick to level the scores shortly after.

Keane Lewis-Potter restored the lead 13 minutes into the second half but the Tigers were denied a winning start to McCann’s reign as Josh Coulson headed home a 68th-minute equaliser.

Reflecting on the game, Burke said: “It was a good workout against what was a decent Leyton Orient side.

“It was good to get some minutes in the tank. We’ve been training for just over two weeks now and it was nice for everyone to get the first 45 minutes out of the way.

“It was a good chance for us all to get back out on the pitch and get used to it all again. It was fast and competitive, which is exactly want you want in order to prepare you for the season.

“The conditions and heat made it pretty difficult for everyone, especially in the first half. You feel it in the first 15 minutes but then you sort of get used to it after that.

“But, as I’ve said before, we’re here to work hard in the heat and it was good to get that first bit of match action under our belts.

“Overall, as a team, we’re pleased but obviously there are loads of things for us to work on and the gaffer has already said that to us.

“That didn’t come as a surprise though. It’s our first game under him and we’ve got more to come in pre-season in order to learn and adapt to the way he wants us to play.”

There‚Äôll certainly be no rest for the wicked after last night’s game with a recovery session for the team on Wednesday, followed by a return to the training pitch on Thursday and a tactical workout on Friday morning ahead of a second friendly match against Gibraltar Premier League champions Lincoln Red Imps later that evening.

“It’s important that we get our rest in and do the right things off the pitch in terms of our recovery, especially with another game coming up on Friday,” explained Burke.

“We’ll do just that and get ourselves ready to go again because it’s another game that everyone in the camp is looking forward to.

“It will be back on the training pitch for us first though and the hard work will continue in our remaining sessions ahead of the Lincoln Red Imps game.”