Burgess gets Naylor backing after Portsmouth error

Tom Naylor has backed Christian Burgess following the defender's crucial mistake.

Sunday, 9th September 2018, 12:15 pm
Updated Sunday, 9th September 2018, 1:47 pm
Christian Burgess was distraught following his mistake against Shrewsbury. Picture: Joe Pepler.

Pompey's unbeaten start to the league campaign continues following Saturday's 1-1 draw with Shrewsbury.

However, it took Brett Pitman's 87th-minute penalty to secure a point as the Blues fought from behind.

The struggling Shrews had been gifted a 74th-minute opener when Burgess misjudged leaping for a header and instead diverted it to Greg Docherty to score.

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It was an error which eclipsed an otherwise excellent performance from the centre-half on a second-successive start deputising for the injured Jack Whatmough.

And irrespective of his slip up, Burgess earned praise from team-mate Naylor.

The central midfielder said: '˜Burge has held his hand up, it was a mis-timed header, but I thought he had a great game.

'˜It was their first shot on target and they scored, it's just one of those things.

'˜He's an experienced player and played a lot of games for Portsmouth, when he gets in the centre-half position I think he's a very good player.

'˜He's a good pro on and off the pitch, he's started the last couple of games like he's always been there.

'˜We've got Burgy, Whatty and Clarkie, there's competition there and it's always nice to have that.

'˜We are unbeaten, it's a point at the end of the day, we didn't lose. But I think we need to play a lot better than we did to get three points.'