AFC Bournemouth: Pitman out to banish the memory of Blyth

Bournemouth Echo: BRACE: AFC Bournemouth's Brett Pitman BRACE: AFC Bournemouth's Brett Pitman

CHERRIES star Brett Pitman admitted his FA Cup heroics against Burton had helped exorcise the ghost of a previous nightmare in the competition.

Pitman marked his return to the starting line-up by netting twice in Cherries’ 4-1 win over the Brewers as Eddie Howe’s men earned a dream date with Liverpool.

The striker opened the scoring with a close-range effort after five minutes before despatching emphatically a late penalty to finish off the League Two high-fliers.

Pitman will be hoping to keep his place when Cherries host the Premier League big guns in a televised fourth-round clash a week on Saturday (ITV, 12.45pm).

The Jerseyman blotted his copybook when he was sent off in front of the Setanta cameras during Cherries’ dismal FA Cup defeat by non-league Blyth Spartans five years ago.

Pitman received a straight red card for a poor challenge on Paul Watson just minutes after he had come off the bench in the second round replay at Croft Park.

The Conference North minnows went on to win through thanks to Ged Dalton’s goal – with Cherries missing out on a lucrative televised third-round tie against Premier League Blackburn.

Pitman, a Manchester United supporter, told the Daily Echo: “Things happen. It was disappointing at the time to go out but I didn’t mean to get sent off. I tried to win a tackle but it wasn’t a good tackle. I think I have learned from that and was pleased we didn’t slip up against Burton.

“We played very well, especially in the first half. We were unlucky not to be further ahead and they got a fortunate deflected goal.

“But we showed good character to score again before half-time and, although the second half wasn’t pretty in the conditions, we showed we were comfortable winners.

“Meeting Liverpool is going to be a great occasion for the club and for us. You want to test yourself against the best players and it is a game we are looking forward to.

"It is nice to do well in the cup and to try to draw a big team. It is something I haven’t experienced before so I am looking forward to it.”

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9:05am Thu 16 Jan 14

canfordcherry says...

It was certainly more like the Brett we know and love, lets hope he kicks on and shows his full potential for the remainder of the season.
It was certainly more like the Brett we know and love, lets hope he kicks on and shows his full potential for the remainder of the season. canfordcherry

9:18am Thu 16 Jan 14

Fanfor45 says...

How about an insight from a neutral fan who came with me to the Burton game having not seen the Cherries for some years, but is used to Premiership football. Singularly the only player he picked out for observation was TK. He knew nothing about him-transfer value or otherwise. However he was quite adamant that TK wasn’t up to the mark if he couldn’t score against League 2 opposition like Burton, having seen TK squander enough chances to put the game out of sight by half-time. And sadly(as much as it pains me to say it) I had to agree with him. I hope he turns good, but for my part Grabban, I think is, showing that he is the better player.
How about an insight from a neutral fan who came with me to the Burton game having not seen the Cherries for some years, but is used to Premiership football. Singularly the only player he picked out for observation was TK. He knew nothing about him-transfer value or otherwise. However he was quite adamant that TK wasn’t up to the mark if he couldn’t score against League 2 opposition like Burton, having seen TK squander enough chances to put the game out of sight by half-time. And sadly(as much as it pains me to say it) I had to agree with him. I hope he turns good, but for my part Grabban, I think is, showing that he is the better player. Fanfor45

10:16am Thu 16 Jan 14

Afcbpete says...

Fanfor45 wrote:
How about an insight from a neutral fan who came with me to the Burton game having not seen the Cherries for some years, but is used to Premiership football. Singularly the only player he picked out for observation was TK. He knew nothing about him-transfer value or otherwise. However he was quite adamant that TK wasn’t up to the mark if he couldn’t score against League 2 opposition like Burton, having seen TK squander enough chances to put the game out of sight by half-time. And sadly(as much as it pains me to say it) I had to agree with him. I hope he turns good, but for my part Grabban, I think is, showing that he is the better player.
Possibly from one viewing, not knowing or understanding the attributes of TK's game, I can see how he's make that mistake. He missed the fact that TK needs a particular service to enhance the fact he'll wipe the floor with many defenders for speed, and as usual, the other night he had no service again, the only chances he ever gets are those made by himself. True, he did miss one chance in particular, and had several others very well saved. He missed the fact that having to go and find the ball frequently, he often had certainly two, if not three defenders around him, and STILL came away with the ball!! He was our stand out player again for me, he causes absolute chaos, and if only the team would play to his strengths, he cause even more. Your friend also missed the fact that other players missed MANY other chances, and had nothing like the impact on the game that TK did. So it begs the question, do I give a fig what he thought?? Answer: not a jot, because he clearly doesn't know what he's talking about :) UTCIAD
[quote][p][bold]Fanfor45[/bold] wrote: How about an insight from a neutral fan who came with me to the Burton game having not seen the Cherries for some years, but is used to Premiership football. Singularly the only player he picked out for observation was TK. He knew nothing about him-transfer value or otherwise. However he was quite adamant that TK wasn’t up to the mark if he couldn’t score against League 2 opposition like Burton, having seen TK squander enough chances to put the game out of sight by half-time. And sadly(as much as it pains me to say it) I had to agree with him. I hope he turns good, but for my part Grabban, I think is, showing that he is the better player.[/p][/quote]Possibly from one viewing, not knowing or understanding the attributes of TK's game, I can see how he's make that mistake. He missed the fact that TK needs a particular service to enhance the fact he'll wipe the floor with many defenders for speed, and as usual, the other night he had no service again, the only chances he ever gets are those made by himself. True, he did miss one chance in particular, and had several others very well saved. He missed the fact that having to go and find the ball frequently, he often had certainly two, if not three defenders around him, and STILL came away with the ball!! He was our stand out player again for me, he causes absolute chaos, and if only the team would play to his strengths, he cause even more. Your friend also missed the fact that other players missed MANY other chances, and had nothing like the impact on the game that TK did. So it begs the question, do I give a fig what he thought?? Answer: not a jot, because he clearly doesn't know what he's talking about :) UTCIAD Afcbpete

10:19am Thu 16 Jan 14

afcbtintin says...

Fanfor45 wrote:
How about an insight from a neutral fan who came with me to the Burton game having not seen the Cherries for some years, but is used to Premiership football. Singularly the only player he picked out for observation was TK. He knew nothing about him-transfer value or otherwise. However he was quite adamant that TK wasn’t up to the mark if he couldn’t score against League 2 opposition like Burton, having seen TK squander enough chances to put the game out of sight by half-time. And sadly(as much as it pains me to say it) I had to agree with him. I hope he turns good, but for my part Grabban, I think is, showing that he is the better player.
Your friend obviously ignored his pace and the runs behind the defence. In fact he had set up 2 chances before we scored the first goal and even then it was he who cut back to Ritchie for the cross across the goal to Brett.

On the point of BP. Ok if he plays, but please let someone else take the free kicks. He seem to have digressed to the Anderton school of free kicks - ie just blast it straight in to the wall.

UTCIAD
[quote][p][bold]Fanfor45[/bold] wrote: How about an insight from a neutral fan who came with me to the Burton game having not seen the Cherries for some years, but is used to Premiership football. Singularly the only player he picked out for observation was TK. He knew nothing about him-transfer value or otherwise. However he was quite adamant that TK wasn’t up to the mark if he couldn’t score against League 2 opposition like Burton, having seen TK squander enough chances to put the game out of sight by half-time. And sadly(as much as it pains me to say it) I had to agree with him. I hope he turns good, but for my part Grabban, I think is, showing that he is the better player.[/p][/quote]Your friend obviously ignored his pace and the runs behind the defence. In fact he had set up 2 chances before we scored the first goal and even then it was he who cut back to Ritchie for the cross across the goal to Brett. On the point of BP. Ok if he plays, but please let someone else take the free kicks. He seem to have digressed to the Anderton school of free kicks - ie just blast it straight in to the wall. UTCIAD afcbtintin

10:48am Thu 16 Jan 14

swanagecherrie says...

I agree T K does miss a few chances was he worth the 2.8 mill (supposedly) I don't know probably not.
But the one thing you can't train into someone is pace which he has in abundance how many easy chances has our other strikers missed quite a few Grabbs went through a period of missing nearly every one on one chance.

On another note looks like Grabben is going to Brighton just needs to work out personal terms.
I agree T K does miss a few chances was he worth the 2.8 mill (supposedly) I don't know probably not. But the one thing you can't train into someone is pace which he has in abundance how many easy chances has our other strikers missed quite a few Grabbs went through a period of missing nearly every one on one chance. On another note looks like Grabben is going to Brighton just needs to work out personal terms. swanagecherrie

10:53am Thu 16 Jan 14

a real supporter says...

Let's not carried away with the performance of Brett & TK. The match was against a second division team who I know are performing well in the league but it was obvious there is still a massive gulf between the respective leagues. You only had to look at the waistlines of some of their players! Lets see what Eddie thought of Brett & TK with his team selection on Saturday against an established Championship team.
Let's not carried away with the performance of Brett & TK. The match was against a second division team who I know are performing well in the league but it was obvious there is still a massive gulf between the respective leagues. You only had to look at the waistlines of some of their players! Lets see what Eddie thought of Brett & TK with his team selection on Saturday against an established Championship team. a real supporter

10:58am Thu 16 Jan 14

afcbtintin says...

Does he really think he played well enough to keep his place? If he does play he should be stopped from taking free kicks in range of goal !

UTCIAD
Does he really think he played well enough to keep his place? If he does play he should be stopped from taking free kicks in range of goal ! UTCIAD afcbtintin

11:04am Thu 16 Jan 14

swanagecherrie says...

a real supporter wrote:
Let's not carried away with the performance of Brett & TK. The match was against a second division team who I know are performing well in the league but it was obvious there is still a massive gulf between the respective leagues. You only had to look at the waistlines of some of their players! Lets see what Eddie thought of Brett & TK with his team selection on Saturday against an established Championship team.
Eddie is not going to have much choice Saturday if Grabben goes today :(
[quote][p][bold]a real supporter[/bold] wrote: Let's not carried away with the performance of Brett & TK. The match was against a second division team who I know are performing well in the league but it was obvious there is still a massive gulf between the respective leagues. You only had to look at the waistlines of some of their players! Lets see what Eddie thought of Brett & TK with his team selection on Saturday against an established Championship team.[/p][/quote]Eddie is not going to have much choice Saturday if Grabben goes today :( swanagecherrie

12:23pm Thu 16 Jan 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

swanagecherrie wrote:
a real supporter wrote: Let's not carried away with the performance of Brett & TK. The match was against a second division team who I know are performing well in the league but it was obvious there is still a massive gulf between the respective leagues. You only had to look at the waistlines of some of their players! Lets see what Eddie thought of Brett & TK with his team selection on Saturday against an established Championship team.
Eddie is not going to have much choice Saturday if Grabben goes today :(
I can see us starting a 'buy back Wes Thomas' fund soon ;-}
[quote][p][bold]swanagecherrie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]a real supporter[/bold] wrote: Let's not carried away with the performance of Brett & TK. The match was against a second division team who I know are performing well in the league but it was obvious there is still a massive gulf between the respective leagues. You only had to look at the waistlines of some of their players! Lets see what Eddie thought of Brett & TK with his team selection on Saturday against an established Championship team.[/p][/quote]Eddie is not going to have much choice Saturday if Grabben goes today :([/p][/quote]I can see us starting a 'buy back Wes Thomas' fund soon ;-} TedMacsCherryPants

5:05pm Thu 16 Jan 14

canfordcherry says...

afcbtintin wrote:
Does he really think he played well enough to keep his place? If he does play he should be stopped from taking free kicks in range of goal !

UTCIAD
And go back to trying to score direct from corners instead!
[quote][p][bold]afcbtintin[/bold] wrote: Does he really think he played well enough to keep his place? If he does play he should be stopped from taking free kicks in range of goal ! UTCIAD[/p][/quote]And go back to trying to score direct from corners instead! canfordcherry

7:21pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Cherryfan says...

Pitman had a productive match on Tuesday, but let's not forget the standard of the team he was playing against. He seems to think he will get a start against Liverpool reading this article. I bet the Liverpool defence will be quaking in their boots! If by some miracle we get any dead ball situations near Liverpool's penalty area, Eddie PLEASE insist that Ritchie takes them!!
Pitman had a productive match on Tuesday, but let's not forget the standard of the team he was playing against. He seems to think he will get a start against Liverpool reading this article. I bet the Liverpool defence will be quaking in their boots! If by some miracle we get any dead ball situations near Liverpool's penalty area, Eddie PLEASE insist that Ritchie takes them!! Cherryfan

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