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BURGESS READY FOR MORECAMBE BATTLE

2 February 2016

Defender expects tough Globe Arena test

Christian Burgess says Pompey have to be prepared to battle for points at Morecambe.

The Blues will look to recover from their narrow FA Cup defeat to Premier League side Bournemouth when they visit the Globe Arena on Tuesday evening.

Conditions could be difficult for the players, with strong winds currently battering the north-west.

But Burgess is hopeful that Pompey will be able to put their cup disappointment to one side and collect a vital victory.

The defender said: “It was a great experience against Bournemouth and the atmosphere was fantastic.

“We gave a good account of ourselves – as did the fans – but now we have to leave that behind us and look ahead to the league.

“It’s a fair old trip up to Morecambe and a game there on a Tuesday night will provide its challenges. I’ve heard that the winds are pretty high.

“We know we have to show plenty of fight and determination if we want to do anything serious in this division.

“We’ll try to keep the ball on the floor like we normally do, but you also have to use your brain and sometimes you need to just put it in ‘Row Z’.

“It’s an enjoyable part of the season with so many games – especially as that means less training!”

Burgess will compete with Adam Webster and Matt Clarke for one of two centre-back places in the Pompey side.

He said: “We’re all capable and trust whoever we’re playing alongside, so we respect whatever decision the gaffer makes.

“It’s healthy to have that competition in the side and we’ll continue to push each other.”

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