Burgess pleased with Pompey’s solid defensive platform

Christian Burgess Picture: Joe Pepler

Christian Burgess Picture: Joe Pepler

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Christian Burgess believes Pompey are building a solid defensive platform – despite their frustrations at Crawley.

The centre-back turned in another composed display alongside Matt Clarke at the heart of the defence as they chalked up a second clean sheet in three League Two fixtures this season.

In truth, Burgess could have played the match in his slippers, while Blues goalkeeper Brian Murphy was a spectator for much of the contest as Crawley’s lack of attacking ambition was obvious from an early stage.

The former Peterborough man was left frustrated but not too downbeat.

Burgess said: ‘Maybe it’s a little bit disappointing but it’s early in the season.

‘We are unbeaten and two away games unbeaten so we will take the point and then go again on Saturday.

‘We played some good stuff but they set up for a point and it was frustrating at times.

‘I thought we were patient and created a few chances that maybe we could have put away.

‘If the one went in early on from Tubbsy, it would have changed the whole game.

‘But you take the point in games like that.

‘They played with one striker, as did Plymouth.

‘I didn’t think we had a lot to do but what we did, we did pretty well.

‘I think we have shown as a unit, we are quite strong defensively.’

Burgess also had to work to keep his concentration while Pompey dominated.

He said: ‘In a game like that, it’s less physically hard work and more mental.

‘You’ve got to stay switched on and the gaffer spoke about that at half-time and before the game. We were talking to each other about it during the game as well.

‘The last thing you want to do is to dominate a game like that, lose concentration for a second and then lose 1-0.

‘You have that much time on the ball and you know it’s going to take time to unlock a team.

‘They were narrow and hard to play through.

‘But we couldn’t quite open them up enough.

‘I still think it’s a positive start to the season. We’ve got seven points out of nine and I’m sure we are going to get better as we build a few relationships.’

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