Burgess: Four victories – but Pompey can improve

Christian Burgess scores Pompey's equaliser against Wycombe Picture: Joe Pepler
Christian Burgess scores Pompey's equaliser against Wycombe Picture: Joe Pepler
Kyle Bennett in action against Crawley. Pictures: Neil Marshall

GALLERY: Crawley 1 Pompey 2

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A fourth successive victory and second place in League Two.

Yet Christian Burgess believes there is still room for improvement following Saturday’s 4-2 triumph over Wycombe Wanderers.

We were speaking before about clean sheets and I said it’s not imperative, sometimes you do go behind and it happened on Saturday.

Christian Burgess

Paul Cook’s side maintained their winning streak, despite having fallen behind to Paul Hayes’ 10th-minute opener.

Burgess, a Gary Roberts penalty, Conor Chaplin’s stunning header and Carl Baker marked a four-goal turnaround in the hosts’ favour.

A negative was Hayes grabbing a second amid some defensive frailties to contrast to the Blues’ attacking might.

Pompey had recorded three successive clean sheets before Saturday – and central defender Burgess was disappointed in their contribution to the Fratton Park proceedings.

He said: ‘We started sloppy, we started slow, were not as good as we were last week and the two goals were disappointing from our point of view.

‘At the other end I am delighted for the lads, but as a unit and whole team there is always something to improve on – and we will have to look at it.

‘We were speaking before about clean sheets and I said it’s not imperative, sometimes you do go behind and it happened on Saturday.

‘Don’t panic, regroup, we have a lot of attacking threat so just have to keep believing – and it paid off.

‘We have seen some fantastic keeping displays before at Fratton Park and I thought it was an entertaining game, very end-to-end.

‘It just so happened Wycombe capitalised on their chances, Paul Hayes took his two goals very well and they showed a lot of character.

‘Wycombe posed a different threat and the first goal we probably need to look at it – I’m not sure exactly what more we could have done. Hayes made a great run and got across me and Tom (Davies)

‘With the second goal you have to anticipate it a little bit more. There were half-hearted clearances, I thought we had chances to clear it and you have to anticipate the ball coming back in – perhaps we were a bit slow to do so.

‘That being said, you are going to concede goals throughout the season – I am just delighted that at the other end we looked very good.’

Still, Saturday was double delight for Burgess, who marked his 50th Pompey appearance with a goal – and crucially the leveller.

He added: ‘I got my head to the ball and as I went down I think it came off my heel.

‘That was the last touch, I definitely felt it – it was my goal!’

– NEIL ALLEN