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BURGESS: FANS DESERVE HOME JOY

23 October 2015

Defender hoping for Fratton triumph

Pompey suffered late heartache against Stevenage on Tuesday night.

But Christian Burgess believes they have to put that behind them quickly if they want to improve their home record.

A stoppage-time leveller denied the Blues the chance to claim all three points and move to the top of the League Two table.

So Burgess wants them to put that right against Mansfield this weekend and give the Fratton faithful something to cheer.

The defender said: “The gaffer made the point that you have to sweep it under the carpet and be ready to go again.

“We also have to look at the bigger picture – we’ve played 14 games in the league and lost only once.

“We’re always confident in our ability and the way we play. There’s still plenty of belief.

“Our home form clearly isn’t as good as our away form when you look at the statistics.

“But teams are going to come here and sit deep – Yeovil celebrated their hearts out when they got a 0-0 draw.

“We watch the videos back and our opponents have nine outfield players in their box – that’s always going to be tough to break down.

“When we’re away they come out a bit more and that makes things a bit easier for us to create chances.

“But it’s something we have to address because we want our home fans to be enjoying what they’re watching and seeing plenty of goals.

“It really could snowball if we get things to click because we’re second in table and certainly have the potential to go on a run.

“We want our supporters to see what we’re capable of and to create a bit of momentum around the city and the club.”

Pompey will be facing a Mansfield side who sit just two places behind them in the League Two table.

Burgess said: “They’re going to come here with a lot of energy and we’re expecting a really tough game.

“They’ve had some great results and will have plenty of confidence, but it’s a match that we’re looking forward to.”

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