Hartlepool Utd’s Burgess hails ‘fantastic win’ over Newport County

Christian Burgess in action during the 3-0 victory over Newport County. Picture by FRANK REID

Christian Burgess in action during the 3-0 victory over Newport County. Picture by FRANK REID

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CHRISTIAN Burgess admits it was a nice feeling to get revenge over Newport County with a “fantastic win” and another clean sheet

The on-loan Middlesbrough defender once again excelled at the back for Hartlepool United in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Newport County in Sky Bet League Two, a result which has seen Pools creep up to 8th.

It was all so different from the reverse fixture in November, Newport comfortably beating a poor Pools side 2-0 at home.

Burgess admitted it was a good feeling to be able to turn that around thanks to goals from Luke James, Luke Williams and an Andy Sandell own goal.

The 22-year-old said: “We didn’t turn up in the away game at Newport really.

“They caught us out and went long early on and played down the channels and we were slow.

“We knew what we were up against at the weekend though and we did a lot better.

“They are a physical side but I thought we matched them and maybe edged them out on quality.”

Two pieces of quality came via the feet of James’ 41st minute strike after a fine turn and finish and Williams’ goal in added-on time to seal the 3-0 win.

The central defender - who admits it is a “joy” to watch Williams in action - played a key role in keeping Newport out at the other end, alongside captain Sam Collins and full backs, Darren Holden and Jordan Richards.

Essex-born Burgess added: “It was a fantastic win and there is a good feeling around the place at the moment.

“It was another good performance and we got the three points we wanted, so everybody was really happy.

“We have ground out some results before, we did that well at Dagenham, and the gaffer talks a lot about that - not allowing the opposition to get in front but instead getting our noses in front.

“We defended really well, Daz was superb, Jordy really good and big Sam won a lot of headers.

“We are doing really well as a unit, four clean sheets out of five and three on the bounce. We are enjoying it at the back at the moment.

“We knew they would come out fast in the second-half but Scott didn’t have a lot to do, but what he did, he did well.

“As a unit we are doing our defensive duty and then giving the ball to the likes of Luke James, Luke Williams, Monks [Andy Monkhouse] and Bradders [Brad Walker] and letting them do what they can do.”

Burgess celebrated a last-ditch tackle from himself in the first-half to keep the score level like he’d scored a goal but he admitted he gets just as much pleasure watching Pools’ forward line - Williams in particular.

He added: “Luke [Williams] is very talented and for his goal he has megged the lad, played it to Monks and then taken it back.

“It was a brilliant finish and really good link-up play.

“He is doing really well and it is a joy to watch him.”

- RICHARD MENNEAR