HARTLEPOOL United need to “adapt quicker” to the challenges posed by opposing strikers if they are stop going behind in matches, according to Christian Burgess.
The on-loan Middlesbrough central defender has formed an impressive partnership alongside Jack Baldwin, 20, at the heart of the Pools defence this season.
But the 22-year-old, who recently extended his loan until the end of the season, is frustrated with Pools’ recent habit of going behind in matches.
Twice against Coventry City in the FA Cup and against Cheltenham Town, Burton Albion and Chesterfield in Sky Bet League Two Pools have had to come back from at least a goal down.
Colin Cooper’s men also conceded twice in the opening 12 minutes against Bury at Victoria Park on New Year’s Day before eventually losing that game 3-0.
Burgess said every game poses a different challenge in terms of the forward players the Pools defenders have to contend with but admits they need to adapt quicker.
Essex-born Burgess said: “I think we maybe need to be quicker to adapt to it because you do get different challenges.
“We need to do our homework a little bit more, maybe me and Jack, to think what the opposition are going to be like.
“You have to think about your own game but also what the opposition are going to bring to the table as well.”
Burgess though, is enjoying his time at Victoria Park and playing regular first-team football alongside his Essex-born friend and team-mate, Baldwin.
“It is fantastic playing with Jack and I enjoy his company outside as well. It is going well,” added Burgess.
“The manager has shown great confidence in us and Sam [Collins] is there as well and has been great for us and is always helping us.
“We are developing much more quickly than we would be if we were on the bench.”