Burgess: I won't give up my Portsmouth starting placeÂ without a fight
Christian Burgess insists he won't surrender his Pompey starting spot without a fight.
The defender has started the Blues' past three matches alongside Matt Clarke at centre-back.Â
He began the season behind Jack Whatmough in the pecking order.
But a hamstring injury to the Gosport talent in the 3-0 victory over Plymouth prompted Burgess to be handedÂ his opportunity.
The 26-year-old has been in fine form during his spell in the side, delivering an impressive display in Pompey's 2-1 victory at Peterborough last weekend.
Now Whatmough isÂ fit again and available to face Wycombe on Saturday, Burgess knows he faces a battle to keep his place in Kenny Jackett's side.
But the former Middlesborough centre-half is determined to keep his place in theÂ PompeyÂ line-up.
Burgess said: '˜Jack's fit and he'll be wanting to do as well as he can in training to get another chance.
'˜That's just the way the game is.
'˜The gaffer doesn't have any loyalties.
'˜He will play the best players who he sees fit to win the game at the end of the day.
'˜That's in his hands and we just have to play by his rules.
'˜I was given a small opportunity to play and I knew I had to take it or I'd be back on the bench.
'˜I've just been doing my best to take it.
'˜There's been no pressure on me. There will always be a fight for those positions and that's healthy.'
Burgess admitted he won't take umbrage with Jackett's decisionÂ if he's droppedÂ in favour of Whatmough.
'˜You never take anything personally, that's for sure, and you just get on with your job,' he added.
'˜We get paid to train every day, that's what we do, and on a Saturday you want to be playing.
'˜If you're not then you have to support the boys and make sure you're ready.'