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Brett: A Massive Three Points

Skipper knew Pompey could hurt Coventry from set-pieces

22 April 2019

Brett Pitman celebrates scoring for Pompey against Coventry
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

If the ball is going to land at anyone’s feet inside the penalty area, then you want it to be Brett Pitman.

And Pompey’s skipper kept them in the race for automatic promotion with a fine finish to secure a 2-1 victory over Coventry at a sun-drenched Fratton Park.

He struck in the closing stages after Tom Naylor’s header had cancelled out Jordy Hiwula’s first half strike.

Both goals came from corners that were not properly defended and Pitman knew they could take advantage of that.

The striker said: “It feels like a big result – they all do at this stage of the season. It’s a massive three points for us.

“We said before the game that we felt we could do well from set-pieces and that proved to be correct.

"We maybe played with a little bit more intensity after the break and the crowd really got behind us."

Brett Pitman

“I wasn’t meant to be where I was – I was supposed to be on the goalkeeper. I could see I wasn’t going to get there for the cross and pulled away a little bit.

“Luckily the ball has fallen for me and I’ve managed to hit it pretty sweet. It was great to see the ball hit the net.

“I don’t think we were too far away in the first half and both sides had some really good chances to score.

“But we maybe played with a little bit more intensity after the break and the crowd really got behind us – once you get one goal here, it’s difficult for the visitors to keep you out.”

There would be plenty of celebrations if Pompey can cross the line, although boss Kenny Jackett is not one for reacting raucously to victories.

Pitman said: “It would mean everything to the lads and I’m sure it would be the same for the gaffer – I don’t know how he keeps as calm as he does!”

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