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Positives For Pitman

Striker reflects on FA Cup draw with QPR

27 January 2019

Brett Pitman in action for Pompey against QPR
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Brett Pitman is hoping that Pompey will face Championship sides on a regular basis next season.

And he believes the Blues can take heart from the way they performed in a 1-1 Emirates FA Cup draw with QPR at Fratton Park.

A Joel Lynch own-goal saw the hosts take the lead in the fourth round contest, but Nahki Wells levelled to secure Rangers a replay.

Pitman knows that it would be more difficult facing sides of that calibre every week, but is hopeful that they can complete the job at Loftus Road.

Pompey’s skipper said: “I think we probably deserved to win and are slightly frustrated, but can take positives from the way that we played.

“It’s always a pleasure to perform in front of our own fans. They were excellent and the lads responded to them.

"If we get there then we have to do that week in, week out and it becomes a lot tougher than just one-off games."

Brett Pitman

“We know that we can compete with the better teams in League One and also sides from the Championship.

“If we get there then we have to do that week in, week out and it becomes a lot tougher than just one-off games.

“A replay isn’t ideal – I’m sure QPR would say the same thing – but we’ll be going there to try to get through to the next round.”

Pitman had the ball in the back of the net before the break, but it was ruled out following a challenge on Lynch.

The striker said: “It probably was a foul – he was pulling me and I gave him a little push go get away from him.

“Him slipping made it look a little worse than it actually was, but I’ve got no complaints about the decision.”


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