Christian can’t wait for first sip from the cup

Christian Burgess in action against Oxford United. Picture by FRANK REID
Christian Burgess in action against Oxford United. Picture by FRANK REID

CHRISTIAN Burgess cannot wait for his first taste of the FA Cup and says confidence is high in the Hartlepool United camp, writes Richard Mennear.

The 22-year-old central defender was suspended for the First Round win over Notts County and was nervously watching from the stands hoping Pools would progress.

His team mates did thanks to a 3-2 win courtesy of a brace from Luke James and a goal from his defensive colleague Jack Baldwin.

And the on-loan Middlesbrough defender admits 3pm on Saturday can’t come round quick enough for Pools’ Second Round match against League One side Coventry City at Victoria Park.

Essex-born Burgess said: “This will be my first FA Cup game and I am really looking forward to it.

“I was quite nervous watching the Notts County game because I wanted to be involved in the FA Cup and I was delighted when the boys got through and they played really well that game.

“This will be my first experience of the FA Cup magic and hopefully we will be able to get a good little run going.”

The 6ft 5” defender has been in fine form at the back since joining Colin Cooper’s squad on loan in the summer.

His current deal runs out at Christmas but Burgess has already clocked up 22 appearances in a blue and white shirt.

Burgess will be looking to make that 23 against the Sky Blues on Saturday and the

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belief amongst the Pools players is that they can topple another League One side.

Pools have already overcome Bradford City, Sheffield United and Notts County in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and FA Cup competitions this season.

Burgess said: “We are all looking forward to the game and can’t wait for it to come round.

“It will be a tough test as Coventry are a good team and doing well in League One at the moment.

“Obviously, they had a 10-point deficit but they are flying high and it will be a tough test for us.

“We have the believe to beat another League One club and hopefully progress.”

While he was wary of looking too far ahead past Saturday’s match, the on-loan Boro defender admits he would like to avoid his parent club in the next round if Pools were to progress.

Burgess, at Pools alongside Boro team mate Matty Dolan, added: “It would be great to get through to the next round.

“We wouldn’t like Middlesbrough though because I doubt me and Matty [Dolan] would be able to play.

“But some of the other lads would.

“First and foremost we are concentrating on this Saturday because Coventry are one of the best teams in the Second Round.”

The West Ham United fan added: “But if we can get past them then the lads would be buzzing and hopefully Old Trafford, Anfield or even better Upton Park away would be great.”