Kenny Jackett has revealed that prolific striker Brett Pitman is likely to make his first start of the season this evening as Pompey take on Burton Albion at Fratton Park.
Speaking to the Portsmouth News, Jackett admitted the striker will be hungry to impress after a spell out of the side. Pompey haven’t played for two weeks thanks to the international break and a proposed fixture with Bury, meaning their return to action is as welcomed as Pitman’s.
The burly striker has struggled to force his way into the side this season, but he’s set to be unleashed on Nigel Clough’s men this evening. He missed the EFL Trophy clash at the weekend against Norwich, which only means one thing.
“Brett would have wanted to have played against Norwich but it’s pretty obvious I’m saving him up,” said Jackett.
“With the side I played, you can probably see the side that will play on Tuesday night. For Brett, I’m pleased with what he’s done and what he’s done lately.
“He will be champing at the bit. Now we have games on Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday and they’re big games, so hopefully he can do well in the big games.”
Pitman bagged against Crawley in the EFL Trophy at the start of September, his first goal of the season. He’s previously bagged 34 League One gaols in 55 starts for Jackett’s side and is out of contract at the end of this season.
Pitman is an animal in the box. He’s sometimes a bit too prickly, as the incident in the play-offs with the ball boy shows, but he’s certainly committed.
At this level, he’s a huge asset and it will be interesting to see how Jackett gets him into the side with John Marquis.
If he would risk 4-4-2, that strike partnership would bag lots of goals, but the former Millwall boss is stuck in his ways when it comes to tactics.