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Holness: Good to be back

12 March 2014

Defender pleased with Pompey point

Burton Albion defender Marcus Holness was pleased to earn a 0-0 draw at Portsmouth on his return to the first-team.

Recalled to the starting line-up following injur to Ian Sharps, Holness believes a point on the road is a good result, and admits it was different experience playing at Fratton Park.

"Coming here with all their fans can make it a tough game. We've done really well with a good team performance and we're happy to leave with a point.

"It's very different in this league. We've played teams like Bradford before but this is definitely the biggest crowd I've played in front of in League Two," said Holness.

Holness' last appearance came against AFC Wimbledon in September, and says it was a frustrating time to watch from the sidelines.

"It's great to be back. I've been out for a while and it's frustrating, but you just have to bide your time, keep going and take your opportunity when it comes, and I think I did well tonight.

"Coming back into the team was made easier by Shane (Cansdell-Sherriff) and Phil (Edwards), who are both good to play alongside and they're both experienced players. It wasn't easy, it was a bit of a test but we did well and coped with their strikeforce well," Holness said.

The Brewers were good value for a draw after coming under pressure, and Holness believes that Burton can now push for automatic promotion.

"It was difficult, but you learn to deal with it over time and it comes with experience. Their fans got behind them and they have a ten minute spell where you weather the storm. We dealt with it well and had our own chances, so we did well.

"It's a point gained. We're really happy with a point away here. We're right there amongst it and if we keep pushing with our performances I don't see why we can't go for automatic promotion."

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