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Twenty's Not Plenty For Pitman

Striker targets more goals after reaching landmark against Wigan

2 April 2018

Brett Pitman celebrates scoring for Pompey against Wigan Athletic at Fratton

Brett Pitman has become the first Pompey player to hit 20 goals in a season for 15 years.

The skipper reached that figure with a penalty in a 2-1 Easter Monday victory over promotion favourites Wigan at Fratton Park.

It was Svetoslav Todorov who last achieved the feat, with the Bulgarian notching 26 times during the 2002/03 campaign to fire the Blues into the Premier League.

And with six games still remaining this term – and hopefully the play-offs to follow – there is plenty of time for Pitman to manage that total.

He said: “It’s obviously a nice feeling, although it’s not something that I’ve honestly thought about too much.

“That’s the sort of thing you look back on at the end of the season, but hopefully I’ll get a few more before then.

“The disappointing thing is that I’ve missed a few games through injury, so I like to think I could have had a few more.

"That’s the sort of thing you look back on at the end of the season, but hopefully I’ll get a few more before then."

Brett Pitman

“It’s more important where we are in the league and we’ve done a bit of tinkering to improve our form.

“We’ve also got some more experience back, with guys like Gareth Evans and Nathan Thompson leading by example.”

Pitman’s spot-kick was followed by a Jamal Lowe strike after the break, with Will Grigg’s late header proving no more than a consolation for the Latics.

The striker said: “It was a great win for us and all of the lads played very well, especially off the ball.

“The amount of effort to play on Saturday, then Monday, with a day less rest than a top-of-the-table side was incredible.

“Wigan’s late goal made everyone a bit nervous, but we looked okay up until then and were confident at the back.

“They were first in the league for a reason and we didn’t have the lion’s share of possession, but it doesn’t really matter how you get three points.”

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