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Burgess Approaches Double Ton

Defender hoping to reach landmark on Saturday

31 January 2020

Christian Burgess
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Christian Burgess will bring up 200 appearances for Pompey if he steps on the pitch against Sunderland on Saturday.

The centre-back has achieved a lot since arriving on the south coach from Peterborough back in the summer of 2015.

Gareth Evans is the only other member of the current Blues squad who has reached a double century.

But as well as marking a personal landmark, Burgess knows it is a massive match against fellow promotion chasers this weekend.

He said: “I remember getting to 100 games and saying back then that it would be nice to get another 100.

“Before coming here I’d moved from club to club, spending a year at both Hartlepool and Peterborough, so it was nice to settle somewhere.

“This place feels like a second home to me and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it happens on Saturday.

"I remember getting to 100 games and saying back then that it would be nice to get another 100."

Christian Burgess

“There’s a lot of excitement about facing Sunderland because they’re always big games when we play them.

“I think there’s a certain rivalry because it’s two massive clubs in this division and we came across them quite a few times last season, which has added some spice.

“Both are coming into it with a bit of form and so it should be an entertaining contest – it’s an opportunity for us to keep our momentum going.

“There’s belief in the squad that the players we’ve got here are good enough to win games and keep doing well.”

Fratton Park has long since been sold out for the visit of the Black Cats, who currently sit fifth in the table.

Burgess said: “The fans love these kind of games where there’s a lot to play for and I’m sure the ground will be rocking on Saturday.

“It’s a pleasure for us to be on the pitch when the atmosphere’s like that, so everyone’s looking forward to it.”

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