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PERFECT DAY FOR BURGESS

2 January 2017

Joy for defender in attack and defence

It was a third goal of the season and proved crucial as Pompey earned a valuable home victory.

But Christian Burgess was equally pleased with the defensive display as the Blues secured a 1-0 victory over Luton at Fratton Park.

The result means that the gap to the top three has been reduced to four points following defeats for Plymouth and Carlisle.

And Burgess was delighted to play a key role in the three-point haul at both ends of the pitch.

The centre-back said: “A clean sheet is the thing we focus on first and foremost as defenders, but I’m obviously delighted that the header went in.

“It was a great ball in from Baker and I just had to attack it. I got across the keeper and then it was pretty much an open goal.

“I’m disappointed that I couldn’t get a second from another fantastic cross from Naismith – I should have put it on target.

“Luton did well in the second half and put us under a lot of pressure, although we still had chances on the break.

“So we’re chuffed as a unit not to concede and when you do that, you increase your chances of winning games.

“I’m proud of the boys – Clarkey was fantastic and Gareth Evans deserved his man-of-the-match award.”

It does not get any easier for Pompey, who travel to table-topping Doncaster later in the week.

Burgess said: “We’ve got a massive game on Thursday and that’s all we’re focusing on. We need to prepare properly, but we’ll go there feeling confident.

“It should be a fantastic contest between two good teams at the top of the table who want to play football.”

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