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Burgess: Back To Business

Defender says Blues are ready for Wycombe test

5 April 2019

Christian Burgess
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Pompey came through more than 120 minutes of physically gruelling football at Wembley on Sunday.

Then there was the mental strength needed to see off Sunderland on penalties and lift the Checkatrade Trophy.

But Christian Burgess insists that the Blues are ready to go again, as they look to maintain a League One promotion push.

A trip to struggling Wycombe awaits this weekend and the defender knows that only a victory will do for Pompey.

He said: “It’s always a hard place to pick up a win, but that’s what we need and we’ll approach it properly.

“We’ve had enough time to get over Sunday and I was impressed with Sunderland’s performance in the league the other night.

"We’ve put a run together and have to use the momentum we’ve built up to keep producing positive performances."

Christian Burgess

“Everyone should be ready and we’ve got to go there and win – that’s going to be the case for every game now.

“It’s going to be winnable whoever you play in this division, but there are also no easy matches. It doesn’t work like that. We’ll give Wycombe the respect they deserve and work hard.

“We’ve put a run together and have to use the momentum we’ve built up to keep producing positive performances.”

Burgess enjoyed the Wembley party and is just glad that he was not called upon to take a spot-kick.

He said: “I think I was ninth on the list and I was hoping it wouldn’t get to me, although I would have hit it as hard as I can.

“It was a fantastic occasion and a brilliant experience. The boys showed fantastic character throughout the 120 minutes and then to win the shoot-out.

“There were a lot of family and friends there and it took a while to sink in, but we were able to enjoy the moment.

“The celebrations weren’t mad, though, and the focus turned to Wycombe pretty much the next day.”


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