West Ham's Reece Burke admits it was challenging to play against Zamora and Austin

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West Ham United defender Reece Burke has suggested that Queens Park Rangers' strike force posed him some problems last Saturday.

West Ham United defender Reece Burke has told London24 that it was tough playing against Charlie Austin and Bobby Zamora at the weekend.

Burke was handed his debut for West Ham in their match against Queens Park Rangers last Saturday and he admits that it was a steep learning curve.

Austin and Zamora have proven a threat to defences across the league this season and Burke suggests that marking them both was a challenge. 

“Playing against Zamora and Charlie Austin too was tough, they are both very experienced,” he said.

“But the boys gave me tips on how to defend against them. Don’t get too tight because Zamora is so strong and can turn you and I had Cheikhou Kouyate in front of me to help out."

Despite Burke's admission, he coped admirably on his debut, helping the Hammers pick up a clean sheet.

The 18-year-old generally marshalled Zamora and Austin well - and the 0-0 draw that Sam Allardyce's side got owed a lot to his performance.

Burke proved that he was ready to play a role in the Premier League and he will be hoping that he can nail down a starting place until the end of the season now.

There are high hopes about Burke's future at West Ham and he is likely to make the breakthrough next term, if he continues to impress. 

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