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Graham Burke Looking For Good Cup Run

13 August 2018

Irish international forward Graham Burke has experienced good games in the FAI Cup and in the Europa League and he is hoping for a good Carabao Cup run with the Lilywhites.

The summer signing from Shamrock Rovers got his first competitive minutes for the club in Saturday’s game at Swansea, coming on mid-way through the second half at the Liberty Stadium and he felt the team more than deserved to come away from South Wales with something.

“The second half we were much better than we were in the first half and going on that display I think we were unlucky not to get a goal and get something from the game,” he told iFollow PNE. “I thought we at least deserved a draw from the game, given on second half display, but it wasn’t to be and we move on Tuesday and then Saturday, which are two massive games for us now.

“We took the game to them in the second half and had more belief in getting the ball down, making a few passes and they started to drop off, so we were getting a lot of the ball in the midfield, but we couldn’t get a goal that we deserved based on that display.”

Looking ahead now to Tuesday night and a Lancashire derby against League Two Morecambe, the attacking player is hopeful of a good experience in the competition.

“It should be an entertaining tie,” he continued. “We want to do as well as we can this season, whether that is in the league or in the cups, so all the boys are looking forward to us and we are looking to put Saturday right with a win.

“I got to the FAI Cup semi-final in Ireland, where we lost to Dundalk and I played in the Europa League as well, so these cup games are brilliant games to play in. It will be good to play under the lights at Deepdale and I am looking forward to it.”

The game could be one where manager Alex Neil chooses to make changes, but whoever gets the shirt should be ready to take their chance, says Graham: “When you get your chance you have to take your opportunity.

“We don’t know what the team is going to be or what the manager is going to do, but whoever is selected has to go out there and give it their best.

“We’ve had a couple of confidence building performances so far. We got the win in the first game and were unlucky not to take something from the game on Saturday and we want to carry those performances into Tuesday,” he added.

To watch the video interview with Graham Burke just click on the link to take you to iFollow at the top of the page – all our video interviews are available free of charge, without subscription.


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