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Rhythm And Blues

4 August 2017

Christian Burgess in action for Pompey at Havant & Waterlooville

Burgess confident Pompey can adapt to League One

Christian Burgess is looking forward to finding his rhythm again.

The centre-back played a starring role in Pompey’s impressive surge to the League Two title last term.

And now the Blues will have to rise to the challenge of competing at a higher standard every week.

But, ahead of Saturday’s opening game against Rochdale, Burgess is confident that they will quickly find their feet.

He said: “We’re just keen to get out on the pitch now – that’s when the nerves settle and we’re at our most confident.

“You get into a rhythm when you’re playing and it’s been a while since we’ve been out there in front of a packed house.

"We’re just keen to get out on the pitch now – that’s when the nerves settle."

Christian Burgess

“I’m sure we’ll settle quickly, though, because that’s our job and we’re professional. We’re looking forward to putting in a good performance.

“We’ve been working hard all pre-season and should be able to execute what the manager wants us to do.

“If you’re good at what you do then you can perform to a high standard. We want to play good football and open up teams.”

Player of the Season Enda Stevens departed over the summer, but Burgess is confident that Tareiq Holmes-Dennis will be a worthy replacement.

He said: “Tareiq’s certainly impressed me with his performances and so it will be exciting to see how he does. I think the crowd will warm to him early.

“I thought it might be impossible to fill Enda’s shoes, but if anyone can do it then it’s him.”

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