Christian Burgess happy to see Hartlepool United end bad away form with 0-0 draw at Accrington Stanley

HEAD BOY: Christian Burgess in action against Accrington Stanley. Picture by FRANK REID
HEAD BOY: Christian Burgess in action against Accrington Stanley. Picture by FRANK REID

CHRISTIAN Burgess admitted the goalless draw against Accrington Stanley may not have been one for the purists but said it at least “stops the rot” away from home.

The defender was one of the stand-out performers in the battling, hard-fought effort in Lancashire last night.

The Pools backline had to withstand pressure, in the second-half in particular, from the Stanley forwards but held firm to secure a clean sheet and a point.

Pools did have half-chances themselves but James Beattie’s side looked the more likely scorers. In truth the point does nothing much for either side, but at least it put a stop to back-to-back away defeats for Colin Cooper’s side.

Poor performances at Northampton Town and Wycombe Wanderers were put to bed with a battling display.

Burgess was looking on the positive side of picking up a point.

The on-loan Middlesbrough player said: “I don’t think it was one for the spectators – a cold Tuesday night at Accrington Stanley.

“There was a bit of pinball early on and a lot of aerial stuff and headers and tackles but I thoroughly enjoyed it as a centre-half.

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“We kept a clean sheet which was very positive.

“It is important to keep the ball out of your box and play in their half as much as possible.

“We defended as a team and did what was needed and came away with a point, which we are happy with.

“I try to get the ball down as much as possible and some of the other lads do as well – Daz [Darren Holden] and Jordy [Jordan Richards] try that and credit to them.

“But at times you just have to deal with it at the back.

“Win your headers and be strong and we did that well as a team.”

The Pools camp thought it was a fair result overall, especially given the recent poor form away from the comforts of Victoria Park.

Burgess, an ever-present in the league for Pools this season, added: “We are pleased with a point.

“We have had a couple of bad results away from home recently – losing to Northampton and Wycombe.

“It was important, therefore, that we got something out of the game.

“We had got ourselves into a little rut so we have stopped that now.

“Hopefully now we can build on it and start picking up points and climbing up the table again.”

Next up for Pools is Bristol Rovers at the Vic, where Burgess will once again be paired alongside Sam Collins.

The 22-year-old was last night a rock at the heart of the defence alongside veteran Collins, 36, and Burgess praised his partner for his impact on the game.

He added: “Sam is strong in the tackle and in the air.

“I have learned a lot from him since I have been here.

“He sets the example – he’s a model professional – and it is benefiting me playing with him.

“He talks you through the games as well and it is great to have him there.

“I thought I did OK and me and Sam basically looked to hold out and win our headers.

“There was a bit of pinball early on but I really enjoyed it.”