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Saturday 16 December 2017

Rovers to go on attack in Cork

Rovers’ Graham Burke
Rovers’ Graham Burke

They will travel south by coach, but Shamrock Rovers maintain they will not 'park the bus' at Turner's Cross this evening as they take on a free-scoring, league-leading Cork City side.

Cork have dropped points in just one of their 15 games to date and City supporters hope to make it 15 wins from 16 when they clash with the Hoops tonight.

Former Aston Villa man Graham Burke has become a key figure for Rovers of late, an impressive run of 11 successive starts. And he is keen to carry on that attacking swagger.

"We will go down to Cork and have a go, there's no point in travelling down there to sit back, we're not the kind of team who will sit back and soak up pressure," Burke told The Herald.

"There's nothing to fear. We are at our best when we are pressing teams, playing at a fast pace, sitting back won't suit us.

"When you have people like Stephen McPhail, Duffer and Bradser on the staff, all attacking players who had great careers, that's a great help as they give us the licence to go out and express ourselves as footballers," added Burke, who has found his feet at League of Ireland level after an unhappy spell cross channel. "The last two years in football didn't go well for me, I was getting down in the dumps and that's why I came home to Ireland, to be happier when I was at home with family and friends.

"My attitude when I came here was to get my head down and work hard, go out and express myself on the field," added Burke.

"I feel at home now. Everyone made me feel welcome from the day I walked in."

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