Portsmouth climbed to the top of the League One table with a 3-1 victory against AFC Rochdale on Saturday afternoon.
Pompey had to come from behind after an early goal, however, Kenny Jackett’s side turned up the gears and ensured they would take the three points back to Fratton Park with them.
Brett Pitman scored the second goal of the game for the visitors late on in the second half and has revealed that he hopes it will help him to get back into the first-team.
The 30-year-old, who has netted four times in his last four matches, has only made two full league appearances for the side but has vowed to become Jackett’s focal man in the side as they look to win promotion to the Championship.
Speaking to The News Portsmouth, he said: “I don’t think you play nearly 500 games in the Championship and League One mainly if you can’t do it (play an all-round striker’s game). I obviously can do it.
“Maybe I’ve had to put a little bit more emphasis on that to get back in the team.
“I’ve done that and if I play I have to do it again and on the following Saturday.”
Despite Oli Hawkins’ blistering start this season, Pitman will be a vital member of the Portsmouth squad as they challenge for a successive promotion.
The 30-year-old is an experienced forward and has already netted 29 times in his 50 appearances for the Fratton Park outfit during his time at the club.
Pitman will be looking to continue his fine goalscoring form for Pompey when they travel to Coventry City on Tuesday, as he continues to prove to Jackett that he is the man to lead their charge to the Championship.
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