Bognor blip no great concern for Burgess

Christian Burgess    Picture: Joe Pepler
Christian Burgess Picture: Joe Pepler
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CHRISTIAN BURGESS shrugged off Pompey’s disappointing 1-1 draw with Bognor and insisted: It’s all about pitch time.

The Blues’ new arrival from Peterborough played 86 minutes at the heart of the visitors’ defence at Nyewood Lane last night.

It’s a new side with new players and we are just working out how everyone plays and how the gaffer wants us to play

Christian Burgess

And 23-year-old Burgess is adamant that supporters should not read too much into a second successive deadlock against local non-league opposition.

Pompey, who shared the spoils in their summer opener at the Hawks last weekend, were unable to take advantage of Matt Tubbs’ early opener as they were pegged back after the break by an Alfie Rutherford strike.

Regardless, Burgess was keen to look to the positives ahead of Paul Cook’s side’s trip to Gosport Borough this afternoon (3pm).

Burgess said: ‘It’s all about pitch time in pre-season and we need a bit more, evidently.

‘It’s a new side with new players and we are just working out how everyone plays and how the gaffer wants us to play.

‘It’s going to take a bit of time but I feel there were positives to take from it.

‘It wasn’t the result we wanted but I was pleased to get out there and get a few minutes under my belt.’

Burgess was quick to pay credit to the part the Blues’ Ryman League opponents played in last night’s clash.

But the ball-playing defender admitted there was disappointment within the visitors’ camp to have missed out on a maiden win for their new boss.

At the time of the Rocks’ equaliser, Pompey were in control of a free-flowing, entertaining game of football.

Indeed, Cook’s side appeared dismayed that the goal was allowed to stand, after appealing in unison for an offside flag that was not forthcoming.

Burgess, though, was in no mood for excuses at the full-time whistle and admitted there was work to be done as the new-look Blues begin to forge partnerships with each other.

He said: ‘They (Bognor) are a good side and have some good players.

‘But the gaffer was disappointed and so were we with some of the play.

‘We wanted to penetrate a little bit more and maybe create a little more.

‘We gave away a sloppy goal and obviously that is disappointing from our point of view.

‘I would like to look at the positives, though, and a lot of the boys have got a lot of minutes.

‘We are still getting used to each other and building partnerships and relationships.’

A second successive draw against lesser opposition has left Pompey with plenty to think about, although for Burgess that is not necessarily a bad thing.

He added: ‘I was saying to the skipper (Paul Robinson) when we were coming off that sometimes you cruise through pre-season and then come the start of the season you hit a stone wall and start struggling.

‘Sometimes it is good to have some tests and some problems to sort out.

‘We have got a lot to work on. There was some good play from us last night – obviously we want better but that will come in time.’