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Pitman: Promotion Still The Priority

Skipper means business following Wembley triumph

4 April 2019

Brett Pitman celebrates winning the Checkatrade Trophy for Pompey
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

There were scenes of wild celebration at Wembley when Pompey lifted the Checkatrade Trophy on Sunday.

But with the Blues still in the hunt for promotion, Brett Pitman is putting the champagne back on ice.

The striker was one of five players to score in the successful penalty shoot-out against Sunderland, which followed a 2-2 draw after extra-time.

And although he enjoyed the occasion, Pompey’s skipper is now turning his attention back to the league run-in.

Pitman said: “We didn’t want to come to Wembley and be the runners-up, so we’re delighted with the result.

“You have to give Sunderland credit for the way they played in the first half because I thought they were excellent.

"It’s something that I’ll probably look back and reflect on at the end of my career because the ultimate aim is still promotion."

Brett Pitman

“But after that we were able to show what we’re all about – we’ve got great character and good fitness levels.

“In the second half and during extra-time, I felt we were the stronger team and deserved to win the game.

“But it’s something that I’ll probably look back and reflect on at the end of my career because the ultimate aim is still promotion.

“We’ve got a tough seven games left and need to win a high number to get automatic promotion, otherwise we might be back at the end of May.”

More than 40,000 Pompey fans formed part of a record attendance for the competition and helped create a vibrant atmosphere at the national stadium.

Pitman said: “It was certainly noisy and you can’t really ignore that, but you try to just focus on the game because it’s 11v11 like any other.”


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