CHRISTIAN Burgess admits Nottingham Forest are the best team he has faced in his fledgling football career.
The 21-year-old Middlesbrough loanee was part of the Pools side beaten 3-1 at the City Ground last night, the hosts letting their Championship class show with a dominant display.
And Burgess told SportMail: “We came across a very good Nottingham Forest side, probably the best I’ve come up against.
“They had large spells of possession and passed it around well.
“Some of the players they’ve got have bags of experience and talent.
“So it was difficult at times but we’ve got to remember they’re a top team who will be right up there in the Championship.”
To that end, Burgess believes Pools can take plusses from an improved second-half showing which saw Neil Austin steal a late consolation goal.
And, with Southend United next up in League Two on Saturday, the centre-back is keen to emerge with a positive mindset.
“We have to take this into the weekend,” he said.
“I think we came away with our heads held high and can be proud of our efforts.
“We came out a lot better in the second half and did well.”
He went on: “I was relatively pleased with my own performance as well.
“Early on I was a bit nervous and let them in a couple of times.
“But I’ve got to learn from that, and I will.
“There were some good spells and we can take plenty from it.”