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DUAL DELIGHT FOR BURGESS

8 March 2017

Goal and clean sheet for defender at Crawley

It was the perfect evening for Christian Burgess.

His main role at Crawley was to keep the opposition attackers quiet and a clean sheet proved he did his job.

But the defender also found success at the other end of the pitch by heading home a Kal Naismith corner immediately after Eoin Doyle had seen his penalty saved.

That set the Blues on the way to a 2-0 victory and Burgess was pleased with the overall performance.

The centre-back told Pompey PlayerHD: “It was a good reaction from the lads and we deserved the win.

“We played some good football in the first half and looked dangerous. We came out and showed what we’re all about.

“There was no need to panic. We’ve been 0-0 at half-time on a few occasions this season and just had to keep believing.

“If anything we were a bit open at the start of the second half, but we gradually got a bit of control.

“I had a little feeling when he missed the penalty that we’d score from the corner. I just attacked it and luckily Naisy’s put it straight on my head.

“It’s another clean sheet, which is great – it’s what we look for at the back. Now we’ll try to build on those three points.”

Pompey have been outside of the automatic promotion places for a long time, but are now in the new position of trying to hold on to third spot.

Burgess said: “We’ve often been chasing, so we don’t really know what it’s like. But there’s a long way to go with lots of twists and turns.”

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