CHRISTIAN Burgess has praised his team mates’ character in again coming back from a goal down – but said it is vital Hartlepool United now string together a series of wins, writes Richard Mennear.
For the fourth consecutive match Colin Cooper’s men had to come back from a losing position and the on-loan Middlesbrough defender admits Pools need to start games better and swing the momentum back in their favour.
On Saturday, a 17th minute goal from Burton Albion defender Phil Edwards gave the Brewers a half-time lead, only for second half substitute Bradley Walker to come on and equalise for Pools in the 69th minute with a crisp, first time rocket.
Burgess has praised his side’s character but admits defensively they were slow to react to the threat posed by Albion’s front line.
The 22-year-old said: “It is fantastic character that we have shown at Cheltenham, against Coventry and against Burton.
“But it is the kind of character you don’t want to be showing because you don’t want to be going behind all the time.
“They are one of the form teams and they looked positive, aggressive and ran in behind and had plenty of willing runners and they were causing us problems early on.
“We didn’t adjust quickly enough and took us by surprise.
“It is something that maybe we need to look at, to start better, start quicker and get the momentum on our side.
“In recent games we have been on the back foot early on and gone behind in the last few games.
“We have shown great character to come back but we don’t want to go behind.
“We want to get in front and say to them: “What do you have,
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to beat us now?”
“We have to turn the corner and Chesterfield is the next game for us to do that.”
Both sides had chances to take all three points – Andy Monkhouse for Pools had two attempts cleared off the line – but in the end both had to settle for a draw.
Now though, Burgess is looking for Pools to turn draws into wins, starting with top-of-the-table Chesterfield on Boxing Day.
He added: “At the end of the day we will take a point but really we are looking for more at this time of the season and it would be nice to get a little run going.
“But unfortunately we have had a few draws recently and it is something we will look to change at Chesterfield on Boxing Day.
“It was a tough game and overall it was probably a fair result with the chances of both sides.”
Burgess reserved special praise for Walker, and said the pair had joked at training the day before, about the 17-year-old scoring in the match.
Essex-born Burgess said: “Everyone is buzzing for Bradders and there was a big pat on the back for him afterwards.
“You forget he is only 17 and how young he is, I wasn’t doing anything like he is at that age.
“It was a fantastic strike but we see it every day in training and he has that in his locker.
“I’d said to him in training on Friday that I thought he was going to score and he said the same thing to me.
“He is a great clean striker of the ball and very technically gifted and he will score many more like that.”