Pompey’s away-day specialists delight Christian Burgess

Christian Burgess and Adam Webster celebrate Pompey's win at Cambridge last Saturday Picture: Joe Pepler
Christian Burgess and Adam Webster celebrate Pompey's win at Cambridge last Saturday Picture: Joe Pepler
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  • Pompey have 14 points from a possible 18 on their league travels so far
  • They won three of their 22 league matches on the road in the 2014-15 campaign
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No longer struck down by travel sickness and lumbered with the second-worst away record outside the Premier League.

Paul Cook’s Pompey currently possess the finest visiting results in League Two, with some notable scalps along the journey.

Maybe you have a little bit less pressure on you going away from home, but teams come to Fratton and really do sit in, probably to the extreme

Christian Burgess

With four league victories and two draws this term to date, they have already surpassed the meagre three wins squeezed out of last season.

In addition, despite still only being October, they are one short of levelling with the five triumphs from the entire 2013-14 league campaign.

Cambridge United last weekend joined Plymouth, Luton and Bristol Rovers in suffering defeat on home soil to the rejuvenated Blues.

In addition, Cook’s men have drawn at Oxford United and Crawley in their six matches so far.

Tomorrow they head to rock-bottom Newport County – a side which recently appointed John Sheridan as manager.

And Christian Burgess is relishing another away day as Pompey seek to build on their impressive start to the campaign.

The central defender said: ‘Our away form has been good and obviously that is because teams cannot park the bus as much in front of their own fans.

‘Home supporters will demand a bit more and, therefore, we will probably find a bit more space going forward.

‘But it is still tough the way they set up, they continue to drop deep, so we are trying to find ways to conquer that.

‘It is on-going but hopefully that was a little bit of football justice against Cambridge.

‘Maybe you have a little bit less pressure on you going away from home, but teams come to Fratton and really do sit in, probably to the extreme, so it is harder as a team.

‘If we keep playing the way we are playing, the goals will come at home. We are creating chances but feel the frustration as well and that’s football at the end of the day.

‘The opposition are expecting to win games at home, whereas they come away and maybe look for the draw at Fratton Park.

‘But I think we go into every game looking for the win.

‘We have got plenty of confidence in the way we play, home and away, and results will come at home for sure.’

Despite the arrival of Caolan Lavery to bolster Cook’s strike options, Matt Tubbs will get the nod at Rodney Parade following his two-goal Abbey Stadium haul last weekend.

The 31-year-old is now involved in a three-way tie as Pompey’s top scorer with four goals, along with Gary Roberts and Conor Chaplin.

Burgess added: ‘Tubbsy’s a finisher, a top-quality striker at the end of the day, that is what he does and that is why he has had a good career.

‘His attitude has been great this season, he has been out there doing extra work with the young lads. Chappers (Chaplin) looks up to him and he has been a good guy around the training ground.

‘Tubbsy’s movement is pretty special, that is his game, he gets in the box and finishes it and I am sure that will continue.’