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Burgess: Make The Most Of It

Defender looking forward to his first Wembley visit

27 March 2019

Christian Burgess
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

It will not be a new experience for many of the Pompey fans inside Wembley for Sunday’s Checkatrade Trophy final against Sunderland.

The Blues famously visited the national stadium on five separate occasions between April 2008 and May 2010.

With two FA Cup semi-finals, two finals – including the historic triumph over Cardiff – and a Community Shield, it became like a second home.

Some, however, will be making their maiden trip to the iconic venue – and Christian Burgess is one of them.

The defender said: “It will be a nice little boost for everyone and it’s something we can all look forward to.

“I’ve never been to Wembley before – even as a spectator. There are a lot of players who will never get the chance to play there.

“So it’s important that all of us make the most of it. You don’t know if that opportunity will come around again.

“I know that the Pompey fans are turning out in large numbers – and it’s the same for Sunderland – because it’s a massive day for them.

"It’s important that all of us make the most of it. You don’t know if that opportunity will come around again."

Christian Burgess

“We’ve seen other teams get to the final of this competition in recent years and it doesn’t really register. Now it’s our turn, however, and it feels pretty special.

“It’s going to be a day that we can remember for years to come and on a personal level, I’ll have a lot of friends and family there supporting me.”

An unfortunate injury suffered by Jack Whatmough means that Burgess has been a regular in the team in recent weeks.

He said: “It’s been nice to get a run in the side and I’ve been doing okay, so I’ve just got to keep focused and help the side finish strongly.

“You need to use that time out to try to improve yourself. I worked hard and used it as an opportunity to work on certain aspects.”

These quotes first appeared in the Pompey v Scunthorpe matchday programme.

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