brett pitman: promotion still the priority for portsmouth

08:30    05 Apr 2019

Portsmouth's Brett Pitman celebrates scoring
Portsmouth captain Brett Pitman says they are still in the hunt for promotion after lifting the Checkatrade Trophy on Sunday.

The striker was one of five players to score in the successful penalty shoot-out against Sunderland, which followed a 2-2 draw after extra-time.

Pitman is now turning his attention back to the English Football League (EFL) League One run-in.

“We didn’t want to come to Wembley and be the runners-up, so we’re delighted with the result. You have to give Sunderland credit for the way they played in the first half because I thought they were excellent," Pitman said.

"It’s something that I’ll probably look back and reflect on at the end of my career because the ultimate aim is still promotion. But after that we were able to show what we’re all about – we’ve got great character and good fitness levels.

“In the second half and during extra-time, I felt we were the stronger team and deserved to win the game. But it’s something that I’ll probably look back and reflect on at the end of my career because the ultimate aim is still promotion," he added.

“We’ve got a tough seven games left and need to win a high number to get automatic promotion, otherwise we might be back at the end of May.”
 

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