Opportunity knocks again for Christian

Peterborough United's Christian Burgess (right) celebrates scoring the winning goal against Notts County with team-mate Joe Newell.
Peterborough United's Christian Burgess (right) celebrates scoring the winning goal against Notts County with team-mate Joe Newell.
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Out-of-favour centre-back Christian Burgess is determined to make the most of a rare starting opportunity for Posh this weekend.

The 23 year-old quickly became a victim of a change of manager at the ABAX Stadium. After playing regularly under Darren Ferguson, Burgess has yet to play a single minute for Dave Robertson.

Burgess was placed on the back burner as the new boss went for the rugged skills of Gaby Zakuani and Ricardo Santos, neither of whom are available for the visit of Coventry this weekend.

Burgess said: “It’s a good opportunity for me on Saturday.

“Gaby and Rico have done very well together so I can’t have any complaints about not being in the team.

“I’ve not been playing, but I have been supporting the lads and I have been learning.

“I will take the positives from their performances and take them into my own games.

“There are ebbs and flows in every football career so it’s important to stay positive and take your chances when they come.

“Managers change and they have different opinions.

“I don’t think there has been a back to basics approach in terms of our defending, it’s just been a case of defending well as a team and as individuals.

“I’ve concentrated on working hard in training and making sure I am ready to perform when asked.”

Burgess arrived at Posh from Middlesbrough in August and has caught the eye with his passing as well as his defending.

He’s happy to have the chance to help Posh avenge defeat in one of the more amazing games of the season.

Posh were 2-0 up at half-time and cruising against Coventry at the Ricoh Arena in October, but were hit with an attacking blitz at the start of the second-half and lost 3-2.

Burgess added: “That game at the Ricoh was probably the craziest game I have ever played in.

“We were comfortable and, all of a sudden, they hit us and I think it is the biggest case of momentum swing that I have witnessed.

“We just couldn’t stop it. They scored three quick goals and we couldn’t come back.

“However we have been good at home of late. The lads have made it a bit of a fortress and the fans have played a massive part in that.”