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22 April 2017

On loan defender thought Latics’ performance at the DW Stadium deserved victory

  • Defender made his first appearance for the club since December
  • On loan West Ham man impressed at right back
  • Latics frustrated by Neil Warnock’s Bluebirds 
On-loan West Ham defender Reece Burke made his comeback to the Latics team after a 25 game absence against Cardiff City and was left feeling the side's performance should have resulted in victory.

Burke, who has not featured for the club since early December due to a hip injury, made an impression for Graham Barrow’s men at right back as they played out a goalless draw against the Bluebirds despite being the more positive side side throughout.

Latics had second half chances through Dan Burn and Ryan Colclough, but were thwarted in their efforts by a resilient City defence.

Speaking after the game, Burke said: “It’s been frustrating to have been out for so long but that happens in football and you’ve just got to deal with it. I was glad to be back in the team today but obviously the draw wasn’t what we wanted.

“I spoke to Graham to see if he wanted me to come back here and be involved, and he wanted me so I appreciate that. I was happy to get 90 minutes today.”

Discussing his own personal performance, Burke was pleased with his display but admitted the team were left frustrated at the final whistle.

“In the first half I thought I did well but then in the second I started blowing. Graham kept telling me to push through though and keep giving it more.

“The referee might have got a couple of penalty decisions wrong today but that happens in football. If things don’t go your way you can’t then start looking at the officials to help you.”

Burke will return to West Ham at the end of his loan spell at the DW Stadium, but admits he has been grateful for the opportunity given to him by the club.

“I can’t thank Wigan enough really for giving me the opportunity to come here and get some game time. It’s hard when you go out on loan sometimes as a young player because you’re not guaranteed that football. 

“It’s probably not been one of my best seasons with everything that’s happened but I’m glad I got fit before the end of the season and just want to kick on now.”

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