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Burgess: We Should Have Held On

Pompey scorer frustrated by Carabao Cup defeat

14 August 2018

Christian Burgess scores for Pompey against AFC Wimbledon
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

He marked his return to the side by scoring a goal at the Fratton End.

But Christian Burgess was in no mood to celebrate following Pompey’s Carabao Cup defeat to AFC Wimbledon.

Following a lifeless first half, the centre-back’s header from a Gareth Evans corner was cancelled out by Joe Pigott.

An unfortunate Anton Walkes own-goal in the closing stages then turned the tie on its head and left Burgess frustrated.

He said: “It’s a hard one to take for us and I felt that we should have held on really.

“There’s disappointment because we wanted to progress in the cup and Wimbledon just got on top of us at the end.

"We had a couple of chances to hit them on the break, but we were unable to hold them off in the final few minutes."

Christian Burgess

“It was a great ball in for our goal and it was just a tap-in for me really. You’d hope that we’d see it out from there.

“We had a couple of chances to hit them on the break, but we were unable to hold them off in the final few minutes.

“It was unfortunate for Anton – it’s just one of those things. We shouldn’t really linger on what happened.”

Pompey’s priority this season is achieving League One success and Burgess has already switched his attention to the weekend.

He said: “We’ll look forward to facing Oxford now on Saturday and it’s important that we react well to win that game.

“As players we are paid to be fit and available for selection – and so that’s what I’ll be this weekend.”


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