Posh need to move on with a cup win

Christian Burgess celebrates his late winner against Carlisle in the first round of the FA Cup. Photo: Joe Dent/www.theposh.com
Christian Burgess celebrates his late winner against Carlisle in the first round of the FA Cup. Photo: Joe Dent/www.theposh.com
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Christian Burgess insists it is vital that Peterborough United look forward, not back during their time of crisis.

The central defender admits turning around the club’s fortunes will be a huge test of character for the many young and inexperienced players on the books.

Those descriptions apply to the 23 year-old August capture from Middlesbrough whose only previous experience of regular football arrived while on loan at League Two side Hartlepool.

But he insists the focus should be on an FA Cup second round trip to Colchester on Sunday rather than reflecting on a miserable run of one win in the last eight competitive matches.

Burgess said: “We have a lot of young players and we are figuring out how to get our confidence back individually and collectively.

“These kind of challenges will be posed throughout our careers and it is important we find a way to deal with it.

“We had a difficult run when I was at Hartlepool last season, but there wasn’t the same sort of pressure and expectation as there is here at Peterborough.

“This is a club that wants to win automatic promotion and obviously losing six of the last seven league games is not going to help.

“We all want to succeed and lead the club to better things and it hurts when we are not doing that.

“Everyone is behind the gaffer and doing their best for him.

“It is important that we try to move on and look forward to the next game.”

Posh are anxious to deliver a better televised display at the Weston Homes Community Stadium than they managed on their own ABAX Stadium turf last Friday.

Burgess admits the nine-day wait for a chance to put right the wrongs of a 3-0 reverse at the hands of League One leaders Bristol City is frustrating.

He added: “We really wanted to play again as soon as possible after losing last Friday, but we have to wait until Sunday.

“It doesn’t really matter whether it is a league or FA Cup game. As far as we are concerned it is just the next opportunity we have to get out of this bad run.

“Hopefully we can get a win at Colchester although they are probably a better side than when we played them in the league earlier in the season.”

Burgess was Posh’s goalscoring hero as they scrambled past League Two strugglers Carlisle in the first round of the FA Cup almost a month ago.

He equalised late in the first half and then struck a late winner to secure progress.

“I did enjoy that game and it was nice to get a couple of goals,” continued Burgess.

“At the time we thought beating Carlisle was going to be the game that turned it around for us, but it has since proven not to be the case.

“It is a similar situation on Sunday in so much as it is a game we need to win.

“Every club at this level wants to feature in the third round draw and hopefully we can do that.”

Burgess has made 17 starting appearances since arriving at Posh. He missed League One defeats at Yeovil and Crewe due to injury.