Pompey defender relishing Crewe test

Pompey defender Christian Burgess    Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey defender Christian Burgess Picture: Joe Pepler
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Pompey midfielder will relish facing former club

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Christian Burgess will be happy to earn his wage at Crewe tomorrow (3pm).

Such was the nature of Pompey’s frustrating 1-1 draw with Carlisle last weekend, central-defender Burgess was rendered a virtual spectator for the second half as the Blues failed in their quest to net a winner against the 10-man Cumbrians.

Last weekend I could have probably sat around and had a cup of tea

Christian Burgess

But while the visitors were happy to turn the curtain raiser into a game of attack v defence after netting an early opener, Burgess is expecting a sterner test of his own credentials at Gresty Road.

That’s after joking he could have enjoyed a cup of tea at Fratton Park last time out.

He said: ‘I expect a tough test from Crewe.

‘They are a good side who have just come down and have plenty to prove.

‘And we will have a fair bit to do, I imagine.

‘We will need to defend properly and defend as a team.

‘We need to stay switched on and maintain concentration because for us it is all about keeping clean sheets.’

For Burgess, tomorrow’s encounter is a chance to get back to doing what he loves – defending.

He added: ‘Last weekend I could have probably sat around and had a cup of tea.

‘It was ridiculous – they (Carlisle) were just kicking long from the goal-kick and letting us have it.

‘We have said loads of times it can be attack v defence at Fratton Park but it actually was like a training drill where they let us have it.

‘But Crewe will have to come out.

‘They will fancy themselves in this league, I think.

‘I’ve played them a few times in the league above and they are a good side, although they struggled last season.

‘But in front of their own fans they will be looking to put things right and we will need to dig in for the cause, which is a defender’s bread and butter.’