Wembley matters to Burke

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Chris Burke will aim to help fire Cardiff to the npower Championship play-off final at Wembley in Tuesday's second-leg against Reading and provide himself with another magical story to recount to his children when he retires.

The tie is goalless following the first game at the Madejski Stadium and Burke, signed from Rangers in 2009, was part of City's starting XI who twice took the lead against Blackpool in the play-off final at Wembley last May before going on to lose 3-2, giving way to Ross McCormack prior to the hour mark.

"When you retire, you look back at what you've achieved and what moments you can tell your children," said the 27-year-old. "Hopefully we can do that when we retire, look back and say we were very successful at that moment in time."

He added: "No matter what, you want to be successful as a football player and we've got a great opportunity to get to Wembley.

"We're one game away and one victory to do it. And that's the way you've got to look at it - no nerves, you can't be apprehensive or anything like that. You have to be positive and I'm sure the boys will do that."

Reading stand in the way of Burke's ambitions, and Royals captain Matt Mills insists the pressure will be all on the Bluebirds in the second leg.

Mills had arguably the best chance of the first leg when he volleyed an Ian Harte corner wide - and the former Manchester City centre-back is himself relishing the chance to book a passage to Wembley.

He said: "A couple of chances almost fell my way on Friday but hopefully I can get on the scoresheet on Tuesday instead. We've seen what they've got to offer and we fully believe that we can get a result there.

"The pressure is going to be on them playing in front of their fans and there's a big expectation there. It will be the biggest game of my career and it would be a massive achievement to get this club into the final and one I would be very proud to be part of.

"There is no fear at this club. We have a lot of experienced players and a lot of cool heads who will be fighting for our lives on Tuesday night."]

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