Pitman eyes positive finish
PORTSMOUTH captain Brett Pitman hopes his side have turned a corner in League One, after claiming only their third win of 2018 on Saturday.
The Jerseyman scored twice on his return from injury at Oldham – having missed the previous three matches with a hamstring problem – to steer the south coast club to a 2-0 success.
Pompey, who have not won at home since 30 December, kept their first clean sheet in 16 games, although they do still remain in contention for a place in the play-offs.
‘We’ve had a tough 2018 and there are a lot of factors for that,’ said Pitman – Portsmouth’s leading goalscorer this season with 17 goals.
‘Injuries have been a massive one, so we will try to finish the season as strongly as possible.
‘It was nice to get it going again and earn a clean sheet and three points. We’ll take it and go again next week.
‘For me, it doesn’t matter how you score, it’s just nice to score, and hopefully I can now go on a little run.’
The match was halted for nine minutes in the second half because of a blizzard, but Oldham’s calls for an abandonment went unheeded.
Speaking to Portsmouth News, Pitman added: ‘In the second half it got tough and there were question marks. Credit to the ref, he managed to keep control of the situation.
‘Oldham wanted it off, the groundsman wasn’t clearing the pitch, he was just standing there – probably trying to get it as worse as possible. But we probably would do the same if the shoe was on the other foot.
‘I played in one game which was called off after six minutes, but never in snow like that. In the second half when that snowstorm came you couldn’t see the ball.
‘When Jamal [Lowe] put me through one-on-one I couldn’t see where I was going.
‘I don’t think I was even that close with my shot. I couldn’t see it, which was a shame because I fancied myself to score if those conditions were normal.
‘It was weird, there would be snowstorms and then the next minute bright sunshine, it was a really strange game and luckily we came out on the right side of it.’