Sky is the limit for Hartlepool United this season says Christian Burgess

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

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

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CONFIDENT Christian Burgess says there is “no limit” to the potential of this Hartlepool United side and believes they can reach the play-offs this season.

The 22-year-old central defender says confidence and belief is high inside the Pools camp ahead of tonight’s Sky Bet League Two match away to seventh-placed Southend United.

Another three points for Colin Cooper’s eighth-placed side would put them within three points of the top-seven after Saturday’s 3-0 win over Newport County nudged them closer to the coveted play-off positions.

The on-loan Middlesbrough defender has been in fine form at the heart of defence for Pools this season and has helped the team to four out of five clean sheets in recent weeks, including three on the bounce against Scunthorpe United, Dagenham & Redbridge and Newport County.

Burgess says their improved display at the back has helped make Pools hard to beat and believes a run of results over the next few weeks would set Cooper’s men up nicely for the rest of the season.

He said there is no limit to the potential of the side.

“A lot of it will come down to a few results now really,” said Essex-born Burgess.

“If we can get a run together then six points isn’t a lot in this league if we can string together some wins.

“Other teams will mess up in this league, we have seen that already, and everyone seems to lose to everyone.

“As long as we concentrate on our own game, keep being hard to beat and maybe if you are not getting wins, then get draws - but clean sheets are really important.

“Then I don’t think there is any limit really and I think we can get into the play-offs and that is our aim.”

The Pools squad trained on Monday morning before making the long-trip down to Southend yesterday afternoon ahead of this evening’s League Two match.

The squad will then travel back on the coach before gearing up for another lengthy away trip to bottom side Northampton Town on Saturday.

Burgess, on loan for the rest of the season from parent club Boro, said: “Newport were in front of us but we have managed to overtake them and hopefully we can get a result at Southend.

“It is a long journey down but we are looking forward to it.

“Then we have another long trip to Northampton but our form is pretty good at the moment and hopefully we can keep the run going.”