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Wembley The Aim For Burgess

Defender targets Checkatrade Trophy triumph at Bury

26 February 2019

Christian Burgess
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

The Wembley carrot is dangling tantalisingly for fans of Bury and Pompey.

And Christian Burgess is also excited about the prospect of a trip to the national stadium in the Checkatrade Trophy.

The Blues visit Gigg Lane for a last four contest this evening, with Bristol Rovers or Sunderland waiting for the victors.

Burgess is expecting a tough test against the high-flying League Two outfit, but is determined to help his side progress.

The centre-back said: “There are a lot of guys who want the chance of playing at Wembley and I’m sure the fans would turn up.

“It would mean a lot. I’ve played every game in the competition this season, so I’ve got a vested interest.

"There are a lot of guys who want the chance of playing at Wembley and I’m sure the fans would turn up."

Christian Burgess

“Now we’ve reached the semi-final stage, it’s important we go out there and give the best account of ourselves possible.

“There’s also an important point about momentum. If we can get the victory then it can give the club the boost we need.

“Bury are a good side and Lavs (Caolan Lavery) has scored some goals – it’s nice to see him doing well. It’s certainly not an easy game, but we’re going there to win.”

Pompey have dropped out of the automatic promotion places in the past few weeks, but Burgess is confident they can finish the season strongly.

He said: “I’ve still got a positive outlook on things because circumstances can change very quickly.

“Teams above us are playing some good football and have gone on runs, but so were we fairly recently.

“It can all turn around – and I know that from the history of this club. There was a lot of doom and gloom a couple of seasons ago.

“A lot of it’s about belief and confidence. The boys stuck together back then and knew there was a bigger picture. I 100 per cent belief we can put another run together.”

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