Burgess: I won’t give up my Portsmouth starting place without a fight

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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. 

Christian Burgess. Picture: Joe Pepler

Christian Burgess. Picture: Joe Pepler

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 handed 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 is 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 the Pompey 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 decision if he’s dropped 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.’