Burgess urges Pools to put winning run together

Brad Walker celebrates his first senior goal for Hartlepool against Burton Albion. Picture by FRANK REID
Brad Walker celebrates his first senior goal for Hartlepool against Burton Albion. Picture by FRANK REID
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CHRISTIAN Burgess has praised his team-mates’ character in again coming back from a goal down, but he says it is vital Hartlepool United now string together a series of wins in League Two.

For the fourth consecutive match, Colin Cooper’s men had to come back from a losing position and on-loan Middlesbrough defender Burgess admits Pools need to start games better and swing the momentum back in their favour.

On Saturday, a controversial 17th-minute goal from Burton Albion defender Phil Edwards – with Pools claiming a foul in the build-up – gave the Brewers a half-time lead, only for second-half substitute Bradley Walker to equalise with a crisp, first time rocket 21 minutes from time.

Burgess said: “It is fantastic character that we have shown at Cheltenham, against Coventry and against Burton.

“But it is the kind of character you don’t want to be showing because you don’t want to be going behind all the time.

“They (Burton) are one of the form teams and they looked positive, aggressive and ran in behind and had plenty of willing runners and they were causing us problems early on.

“We didn’t adjust quickly enough and took us by surprise.

“It is something that maybe we need to look at, to start better, start quicker and get the momentum on our side.

“We want to get in front and say to them: “What do you have to beat us now?”

“We have to turn the corner and Chesterfield (on Boxing Day) is the next game for us to do that.”

Both sides had chances to take all three points – Pools’ Andy Monkhouse had two attempts cleared off the line – but they had to settle for a point apiece.

Burgess reserved special praise for 17-year-old Walker, who scored his first senior goal.

He said: “Everyone is buzzing for Bradders and there was a big pat on the back for him afterwards.

“You forget he is only 17 and how young he is. I wasn’t doing anything like he is at that age.

“It was a fantastic strike, but we see it every day in training and he has that in his locker.

“I’d said to him in training on Friday that I thought he was going to score and he said the same thing to me.

“He is a great clean striker of the ball and very technically gifted and he will score many more like that.”