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Defensive Delights For Burgess

Another clean sheet helps Pompey see off Bury

16 December 2017

Pompey defender Christian Burgess

His partner in the centre of defence is likely to steal the headlines.

But Christian Burgess is just happy that Pompey have continued their fine run of form with a 1-0 victory over Bury.

It was Matt Clarke who grabbed the winning goal after emphatically heading home from a Gareth Evans corner.

And while Burgess was thrilled for his neighbour in the Blues back-line, a fourth successive clean sheet was also worth celebrating.

He said: “It was another good 1-0 win – we’ll take them all season. We’re happy to get the three points and the clean sheet is a bonus.

“We had a couple of chances in the first half and got the goal in the end – then it was up to them to break us down.

"We defend well as a unit and work hard. If we score first then it’s going to take something special for teams to get back."

Christian Burgess

“There were more opportunities for us on the counter and we were pleased with the way in which we limited them.

“Our goalkeeper didn’t have to make too many saves at all and that’s always a positive thing to take from a game.

“We defend well as a unit and work hard. If we score first then it’s going to take something special for teams to get back.

“Matt’s having a very good season and we’re both trying to keep as many clean sheets for the team as we can.

“He did well to get the goal and it’s been a while for me! We’re focusing on trying to get goals from set-pieces, so I’m delighted for him.”

Burgess enjoyed his tussle with Shakers striker Michael Smith and was pleased to keep the former Pompey man quiet

He said: “You know a lot of players from various clubs in the lower leagues and Michael always did quite well for us.

“I was trying to work out how to deal with him right from the start and I felt it was a good challenge, but I was happy to keep him out.”


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