Graham Burke wants a cup charge in his maiden season with Preston North End and is relishing the chance to step out under the Deepdale lights after making his competitive debut on Saturday.

The Republic of Ireland international came off the bench in a 1-0 loss at Swansea City, replacing Josh Harrop with 28 minutes to go.

He couldn't help his side muster a leveller - they've won one and lost pone of their opening two Championship games - but the former Shamrock Rovers man wants a swift response against League Two Morecambe in tonight's Carabao Cup first-round tie.

"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," the 24-year-old told the club's website.

"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.

"We’ve had a couple of confidence-building performances so far. We got the win in the first game [against QPR] and were unlucky not to take something from the game on Saturday."

Burke is expected to start tonight as Alex Neill uses the competition to get a look at his squad and rest some legs ahead of Saturday evening's league game against Stoke.

"We’ve only played two league games, but it is important we keep that competitiveness in terms of each position, so some of the lads who haven’t been playing will certainly get an opportunity," said the manager.

"A lot of them have had really good pre-seasons and my decision making for the games has been difficult and I want to be even harder after this game.

"I want the lads to go and do really well, especially after losing at the weekend, and stake their claim for a starting position for the next match.

"I would think we have a better squad than last year, but the proof will be in the pudding, so we will see how the game goes. I think we have a stronger situation now."