Burgess gets Naylor backing after Portsmouth error

Christian Burgess was distraught following his mistake against Shrewsbury. Picture: Joe Pepler.
Christian Burgess was distraught following his mistake against Shrewsbury. Picture: Joe Pepler.
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Tom Naylor has backed Christian Burgess following the defender’s crucial mistake.

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.

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.’