Posh show plenty of front to secure vital victory

Christian Burgess starts to celebrate his winning goal for Posh at Notts County. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Christian Burgess starts to celebrate his winning goal for Posh at Notts County. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
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Villain-turned hero Christian Burgess praised his Peterborough United team-mates for ‘fronting up’ to the physical challenge of Notts County yesterday (January 24).

Burgess, whose blunder handed a Port Vale a winning goal in the previous Posh match, scored the decisive goal in a 2-1 win with a header from a Joe Newell corner at Meadow Lane. It was a sixth away success of the season for Darren Ferguson’s side.

Burgess played on the left-side of a three-man central defensive unit that also included Shaun Brisley for the first time since the end of August.

“The game was a battle rather than one for the purists,” Burgess admitted. “But our self-belief and character got us home in the end. We had to front up to a strong side when they equalised just before half-time, but the lads did just that.

“Last week wasn’t great for me or the team so it was good for me to score such a crucial goal. I was a bit surprised it went in actually, but the spin on the ball was favourable and it went in off the post thankfully.

“Sometimes you just have to knuckle down and battle for a win and that was the case here. You could see everyone wanted it and we didn’t let the blow of letting in an equaliser get to us.

“Michael Bostwick and Shaun Brisley were outstanding. They won all their headers and made some big tackles. Three at the back has worked for us before this season at Bradford and Colchester so we had faith in the formation.

“Obviously everyone was buzzing afterwards, but now it’s important that we kick on.

“We are back in mid-table now, but we want to be pushing for the play-off places and we have a fantastic opportunity to get a run going with a home game next week.”

Posh host next-to-bottom Yeovil next Saturday (January 31) which means a first return to London Road for Glovers boss for Gary Johnson since he was dismissed in January 2011.