Brett Pitman has opened up about his frustrations at not starting games for Portsmouth this season, as reported on the club’s official website.
The striker came off the bench in Pompey’s opening EFL Trophy group stage match, before scoring the only goal in the 70th minute.
However, he still had Kenny Jackett’s decision to not play him from the beginning of any game this season on his mind.
Speaking to Portsmouth’s channels, he said: “It’s been frustrating so far for me, but there are players up and down the country in exactly the same situation.
“All you can do is make sure you take your opportunity when you get one – hopefully I’ve done that in this game.
“The gaffer doesn’t need me to score in these games to show what I can do and I think my record speaks for itself.”
Prior to the Crawley victory, Pitman had come off the bench in four games for Pompey this campaign, being left on it three times, as per Transfermarkt.
The longest amount of time he has seen on the pitch is 37 minutes in the 1-0 loss against Shrewsbury Town on the opening day of the season.
On the other hand, one of those substitute appearances saw him on the pitch for one solitary minute against Coventry City.
Pitman’s lack of game time comes despite him still being club captain and scoring 13 goals across all competitions last season.
It is very understandable that Pitman feels hard-done-by about his lack of minutes this season, as he has shown himself to be a very effective player.
He deserves to start and Jackett needs to find a way to get him into the starting line up. He has just shown his ability to change results in Pompey’s favour, something the club could use at the moment.
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