Portsmouth defender Christian Burgess has issued an apology to the club’s fans following their defeat against Southampton in the Carabao Cup third round on Tuesday night.
The match saw the first meeting between bitter rivals Portsmouth and Southampton in over seven years, but it was the Premier League side who ran out victorious by securing a comfortable 4-0 success at Fratton Park.
It means Pompey are now without a win in their last three matches following a disappointing start to the season, which has seen them collect just six points from their opening seven league games in the third tier.
The Carabao Cup was one competition where Portsmouth had seen success this term by seeing off Championship outfits Birmingham City and QPR in previous rounds, but they have now crashed out following the Southampton defeat.
Following the match, Burgess posted a tweet which apologised to the Pompey supporters who had created a lively atmosphere for the match, while Burgess claimed the fan base did not deserve the 4-0 defeat.
Disappointed is an understatement. That hurt and I’m gutted for the fans who didn’t deserve that scoreline. Atmosphere/support was unreal and a privilege to play in front of! Sorry we couldn’t give you what you deserved! 💙
— Christian Burgess (@Burgey44) September 25, 2019
He wrote: “Disappointed is an understatement. That hurt and I’m gutted for the fans who didn’t deserve that scoreline. Atmosphere/support was unreal and a privilege to play in front of! Sorry we couldn’t give you what you deserved!”
Burgess has featured across the defensive line in each of Pompey’s matches this season, with the 27-year-old now entering his fifth season with the south-coast club.
Burgess’ message reflects how much the defeat will have hurt Portsmouth’s players, but there was not a lot they could have done against a much higher quality opposition.
He has decided to apologise to the fans after the effort they made in supporting the team, but their reaction towards the end of the match suggests that the fans were actually relatively pleased by the effort shown by the players.
Pompey’s main priority now should be to return to winning ways in the league, as this would at least give their fans some reward for the way they supported the team on Tuesday night.
It is important that Portsmouth quickly put this defeat behind them, as the 4-0 loss could play on their minds over the coming weeks if they continue to dwell on the result.