AFC Bournemouth: No fuss as Pitman vows to let his feet do the talking

Bournemouth Echo: SEEKING GLORY: AFC Bournemouth striker Brett Pitman SEEKING GLORY: AFC Bournemouth striker Brett Pitman

BRETT Pitman has vowed to make the most of his second stint as a Championship footballer – by winning back his starting slot with Cherries.

The Jersey-born frontman was a prolific presence in Cherries’ march to League One promotion last season but has found his opportunities limited by fierce competition for striking places at Dean Court.

Top scorer Lewis Grabban’s fine form, coupled with the arrival of record signing Tokelo Rantie and January addition Yann Kermorgant have restricted Pitman to a largely support role.

The 26-year-old hitman last started a league fixture at Queens Park Rangers in December but has played a part in all but four of Cherries’ second-tier fixtures this season.

But despite admitting he had envisaged a bigger helping of the action, Pitman insisted he remained happy with his role.

Discussing his season so far, Pitman told the Daily Echo: “It has been okay. I have had some good games and some not so good games. Lately, I haven’t played as much as I would have liked to.

“But I am happy here and I’m not going to start kicking up a fuss because I haven’t played for a little bit. My focus is on working as hard as I can in training to get back in the team.

“It has been a little bit frustrating for me, but more importantly I feel like the squad, not just the team, has grown in the Championship and we are getting better and better by the week.

“Everyone has a lot to prove. Whether you have played 10 games or 100 at this level you always want to show people your best and what you can do and I am no different.

“I think I still have a bit to prove in the Championship but, hopefully, I can do that.”

Pitman completed a big-money move to Bristol City in August 2010 and fired in 13 league goals during his maiden campaign.

However, he found himself steadily pushed out of the first-team picture at Ashton Gate before rejoining Cherries, initially on loan, last season.

And Pitman, who signed a three-and-a-half year Dean Court deal in January 2013, reckons the fact he feels more settled on the south coast can make all the difference in his second Championship venture.

He added: “At Bristol City, I was a little bit more frustrated. I wasn’t as happy as I am here.

“Working with a manager who wants to improve not just me but everyone at the club keeps you focused. As a project, the club is moving in the right direction and I want to be a part of that.

“I grew up in this area from the age of 15, my fiancée’s family are down here and we are very comfortable. We enjoy living down here.”

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7:25am Tue 18 Feb 14

westbournehills says...

Keep working hard Brett and your chance will come. It's a long season and the games come thick and fast from now till May. Still the best natural finisher at the club.
Keep working hard Brett and your chance will come. It's a long season and the games come thick and fast from now till May. Still the best natural finisher at the club. westbournehills
  • Score: 14

8:05am Tue 18 Feb 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

We should all remember that we're in the Championship through Brett's goals last season. Go chicken!!!
We should all remember that we're in the Championship through Brett's goals last season. Go chicken!!! TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 17

8:07am Tue 18 Feb 14

afcbcasuals says...

Has served the club well in the lower league's but he can't cut it in the championship.. the team and the squad have become stronger and better he should think about dropping down a league
Has served the club well in the lower league's but he can't cut it in the championship.. the team and the squad have become stronger and better he should think about dropping down a league afcbcasuals
  • Score: -13

8:36am Tue 18 Feb 14

mark.s says...

Now we have a centre forward, a two up front partnership with Kermorgant would really suit Brett and get the best from him. Same goes for Rantie for that matter.
Now we have a centre forward, a two up front partnership with Kermorgant would really suit Brett and get the best from him. Same goes for Rantie for that matter. mark.s
  • Score: 4

9:23am Tue 18 Feb 14

coops1965cherry says...

afcbcasuals wrote:
Has served the club well in the lower league's but he can't cut it in the championship.. the team and the squad have become stronger and better he should think about dropping down a league
Can't believe that people disagree with this, he is clearly struggling at this level. We are not ungrateful for what Brett has given the club but he is seriously going to struggle to hold down a place in this team.

Brett needs to keep working hard and keep fit and he will get to play a part in this squad but I am afraid that his starting days are numbered.

U T C I A D.
[quote][p][bold]afcbcasuals[/bold] wrote: Has served the club well in the lower league's but he can't cut it in the championship.. the team and the squad have become stronger and better he should think about dropping down a league[/p][/quote]Can't believe that people disagree with this, he is clearly struggling at this level. We are not ungrateful for what Brett has given the club but he is seriously going to struggle to hold down a place in this team. Brett needs to keep working hard and keep fit and he will get to play a part in this squad but I am afraid that his starting days are numbered. U T C I A D. coops1965cherry
  • Score: 3

9:40am Tue 18 Feb 14

abc100 says...

mark.s wrote:
Now we have a centre forward, a two up front partnership with Kermorgant would really suit Brett and get the best from him. Same goes for Rantie for that matter.
Totally agree, with Kermit up front it would be ideal for a goal scorer like Brett, he probably won't be first choice but he will get a chance with injuries
[quote][p][bold]mark.s[/bold] wrote: Now we have a centre forward, a two up front partnership with Kermorgant would really suit Brett and get the best from him. Same goes for Rantie for that matter.[/p][/quote]Totally agree, with Kermit up front it would be ideal for a goal scorer like Brett, he probably won't be first choice but he will get a chance with injuries abc100
  • Score: 6

10:04am Tue 18 Feb 14

North stand badger says...

Looking at the squad we have now I think Eddie has got it about right. We have cover in all areas. Camp and Allsopp in goal, Daniels,Harte.Elphic
k,Cook,Ward,Francis,
Smith in defence. Pugh,Arter,Surman,O Kane,Fraser,Ritchie,
Hughes,Macdonald in midfield. Rantie,Kermogant,Pit
man and Grabban up front. Not sure where Coulibaly is in all this as he seems to be the forgotten man. Then we have a bank of talented youngsters who Eddie will prepare to come in such as Mulebele,O Hanlon, Whitfield, Cornick etc. Eddie is a genius and I think the Club should give him a cast iron 5 year legally binding contract that could only be questioned if say we dropped into the bottom half of League one. He deserves it and you can be sure that a Premier League Club will come knocking soon and we cant afford to lose him.
Looking at the squad we have now I think Eddie has got it about right. We have cover in all areas. Camp and Allsopp in goal, Daniels,Harte.Elphic k,Cook,Ward,Francis, Smith in defence. Pugh,Arter,Surman,O Kane,Fraser,Ritchie, Hughes,Macdonald in midfield. Rantie,Kermogant,Pit man and Grabban up front. Not sure where Coulibaly is in all this as he seems to be the forgotten man. Then we have a bank of talented youngsters who Eddie will prepare to come in such as Mulebele,O Hanlon, Whitfield, Cornick etc. Eddie is a genius and I think the Club should give him a cast iron 5 year legally binding contract that could only be questioned if say we dropped into the bottom half of League one. He deserves it and you can be sure that a Premier League Club will come knocking soon and we cant afford to lose him. North stand badger
  • Score: 23

10:25am Tue 18 Feb 14

golfer33 says...

North stand badger wrote:
Looking at the squad we have now I think Eddie has got it about right. We have cover in all areas. Camp and Allsopp in goal, Daniels,Harte.Elphic

k,Cook,Ward,Francis,

Smith in defence. Pugh,Arter,Surman,O Kane,Fraser,Ritchie,

Hughes,Macdonald in midfield. Rantie,Kermogant,Pit

man and Grabban up front. Not sure where Coulibaly is in all this as he seems to be the forgotten man. Then we have a bank of talented youngsters who Eddie will prepare to come in such as Mulebele,O Hanlon, Whitfield, Cornick etc. Eddie is a genius and I think the Club should give him a cast iron 5 year legally binding contract that could only be questioned if say we dropped into the bottom half of League one. He deserves it and you can be sure that a Premier League Club will come knocking soon and we cant afford to lose him.
I think he is still on the learning curve, he seems to work well with the players as far as respect goes. But I feel he still has his favourites (mates) in the team.
Time for Pitman and Pugh to move on they are not up to championship football standards.
[quote][p][bold]North stand badger[/bold] wrote: Looking at the squad we have now I think Eddie has got it about right. We have cover in all areas. Camp and Allsopp in goal, Daniels,Harte.Elphic k,Cook,Ward,Francis, Smith in defence. Pugh,Arter,Surman,O Kane,Fraser,Ritchie, Hughes,Macdonald in midfield. Rantie,Kermogant,Pit man and Grabban up front. Not sure where Coulibaly is in all this as he seems to be the forgotten man. Then we have a bank of talented youngsters who Eddie will prepare to come in such as Mulebele,O Hanlon, Whitfield, Cornick etc. Eddie is a genius and I think the Club should give him a cast iron 5 year legally binding contract that could only be questioned if say we dropped into the bottom half of League one. He deserves it and you can be sure that a Premier League Club will come knocking soon and we cant afford to lose him.[/p][/quote]I think he is still on the learning curve, he seems to work well with the players as far as respect goes. But I feel he still has his favourites (mates) in the team. Time for Pitman and Pugh to move on they are not up to championship football standards. golfer33
  • Score: -18

10:36am Tue 18 Feb 14

devon fan says...

a good manager he most certainly is but like most of us he has flaws in his make up, I do not like the way that players seem to get frozen out and are almost forgotten, it is difficult to keep a large squad happy but that is the art in being a good manager
a good manager he most certainly is but like most of us he has flaws in his make up, I do not like the way that players seem to get frozen out and are almost forgotten, it is difficult to keep a large squad happy but that is the art in being a good manager devon fan
  • Score: -6

10:40am Tue 18 Feb 14

RED LETTER DAY says...

afcbcasuals wrote:
Has served the club well in the lower league's but he can't cut it in the championship.. the team and the squad have become stronger and better he should think about dropping down a league
WHAT NONSENSE, . . . , In Bretts one season in the Championship he scored 13 goals and half the time he was not used as he fell out of favour when the new manager arrived. . . . If he had played as many games as Tokelo I am sure he would have scored a lot more than three goals
[quote][p][bold]afcbcasuals[/bold] wrote: Has served the club well in the lower league's but he can't cut it in the championship.. the team and the squad have become stronger and better he should think about dropping down a league[/p][/quote]WHAT NONSENSE, . . . , In Bretts one season in the Championship he scored 13 goals and half the time he was not used as he fell out of favour when the new manager arrived. . . . If he had played as many games as Tokelo I am sure he would have scored a lot more than three goals RED LETTER DAY
  • Score: 8

11:21am Tue 18 Feb 14

eaststandman says...

RED LETTER DAY wrote:
afcbcasuals wrote:
Has served the club well in the lower league's but he can't cut it in the championship.. the team and the squad have become stronger and better he should think about dropping down a league
WHAT NONSENSE, . . . , In Bretts one season in the Championship he scored 13 goals and half the time he was not used as he fell out of favour when the new manager arrived. . . . If he had played as many games as Tokelo I am sure he would have scored a lot more than three goals
Agreed. He would have netted 50% of all our chances. He's our best finisher.

But.....you cant score if you're not on the pitch.
[quote][p][bold]RED LETTER DAY[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]afcbcasuals[/bold] wrote: Has served the club well in the lower league's but he can't cut it in the championship.. the team and the squad have become stronger and better he should think about dropping down a league[/p][/quote]WHAT NONSENSE, . . . , In Bretts one season in the Championship he scored 13 goals and half the time he was not used as he fell out of favour when the new manager arrived. . . . If he had played as many games as Tokelo I am sure he would have scored a lot more than three goals[/p][/quote]Agreed. He would have netted 50% of all our chances. He's our best finisher. But.....you cant score if you're not on the pitch. eaststandman
  • Score: 5

12:25pm Tue 18 Feb 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

golfer33 wrote:
North stand badger wrote: Looking at the squad we have now I think Eddie has got it about right. We have cover in all areas. Camp and Allsopp in goal, Daniels,Harte.Elphic k,Cook,Ward,Francis, Smith in defence. Pugh,Arter,Surman,O Kane,Fraser,Ritchie, Hughes,Macdonald in midfield. Rantie,Kermogant,Pit man and Grabban up front. Not sure where Coulibaly is in all this as he seems to be the forgotten man. Then we have a bank of talented youngsters who Eddie will prepare to come in such as Mulebele,O Hanlon, Whitfield, Cornick etc. Eddie is a genius and I think the Club should give him a cast iron 5 year legally binding contract that could only be questioned if say we dropped into the bottom half of League one. He deserves it and you can be sure that a Premier League Club will come knocking soon and we cant afford to lose him.
I think he is still on the learning curve, he seems to work well with the players as far as respect goes. But I feel he still has his favourites (mates) in the team. Time for Pitman and Pugh to move on they are not up to championship football standards.
Oh no! Don't start on about Pughie again, he's doing OK and EH has started him regularly enough when he could use others in that position this season.

And my thought should Brett get fed up and ask for a loan spell....
...I bet Brizzle City would be grateful for him now!
[quote][p][bold]golfer33[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]North stand badger[/bold] wrote: Looking at the squad we have now I think Eddie has got it about right. We have cover in all areas. Camp and Allsopp in goal, Daniels,Harte.Elphic k,Cook,Ward,Francis, Smith in defence. Pugh,Arter,Surman,O Kane,Fraser,Ritchie, Hughes,Macdonald in midfield. Rantie,Kermogant,Pit man and Grabban up front. Not sure where Coulibaly is in all this as he seems to be the forgotten man. Then we have a bank of talented youngsters who Eddie will prepare to come in such as Mulebele,O Hanlon, Whitfield, Cornick etc. Eddie is a genius and I think the Club should give him a cast iron 5 year legally binding contract that could only be questioned if say we dropped into the bottom half of League one. He deserves it and you can be sure that a Premier League Club will come knocking soon and we cant afford to lose him.[/p][/quote]I think he is still on the learning curve, he seems to work well with the players as far as respect goes. But I feel he still has his favourites (mates) in the team. Time for Pitman and Pugh to move on they are not up to championship football standards.[/p][/quote]Oh no! Don't start on about Pughie again, he's doing OK and EH has started him regularly enough when he could use others in that position this season. And my thought should Brett get fed up and ask for a loan spell.... ...I bet Brizzle City would be grateful for him now! TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 9

1:32pm Tue 18 Feb 14

ASM says...

great attitude from Pitman, his heart is in the right place, supportive of the other lads. He just hasn't hit form this season, like Rantie and Grabban has been on fire!
Hopefully he will hit form soon like he did when he scored for fun last season.
great attitude from Pitman, his heart is in the right place, supportive of the other lads. He just hasn't hit form this season, like Rantie and Grabban has been on fire! Hopefully he will hit form soon like he did when he scored for fun last season. ASM
  • Score: 1

1:35pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Edd12 says...

First of all, how oh how did Brett not get sent off at the end of the game on Saturday, not a moan but he was a lucky chicken...

I am loving the football this team plays although I have one concern. Ifeel that this team are better at chasing the game than seeing a tight game out. Example against Burnely... When they scored, they sat back and not suprisingly Burnley score. After the away team 's goal- The boys once again were attacking and creating chances... If you think about, only I have heard the Away game v's Wigan was when Lee Camp was busy in the Cherries goal. No fault of his own but I reckon the shots against v's goals is a small difference and that my friends is the difference between Championship and League One status...

Much love
First of all, how oh how did Brett not get sent off at the end of the game on Saturday, not a moan but he was a lucky chicken... I am loving the football this team plays although I have one concern. Ifeel that this team are better at chasing the game than seeing a tight game out. Example against Burnely... When they scored, they sat back and not suprisingly Burnley score. After the away team 's goal- The boys once again were attacking and creating chances... If you think about, only I have heard the Away game v's Wigan was when Lee Camp was busy in the Cherries goal. No fault of his own but I reckon the shots against v's goals is a small difference and that my friends is the difference between Championship and League One status... Much love Edd12
  • Score: 2

1:51pm Tue 18 Feb 14

coops1965cherry says...

TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
golfer33 wrote:
North stand badger wrote: Looking at the squad we have now I think Eddie has got it about right. We have cover in all areas. Camp and Allsopp in goal, Daniels,Harte.Elphic k,Cook,Ward,Francis, Smith in defence. Pugh,Arter,Surman,O Kane,Fraser,Ritchie, Hughes,Macdonald in midfield. Rantie,Kermogant,Pit man and Grabban up front. Not sure where Coulibaly is in all this as he seems to be the forgotten man. Then we have a bank of talented youngsters who Eddie will prepare to come in such as Mulebele,O Hanlon, Whitfield, Cornick etc. Eddie is a genius and I think the Club should give him a cast iron 5 year legally binding contract that could only be questioned if say we dropped into the bottom half of League one. He deserves it and you can be sure that a Premier League Club will come knocking soon and we cant afford to lose him.
I think he is still on the learning curve, he seems to work well with the players as far as respect goes. But I feel he still has his favourites (mates) in the team. Time for Pitman and Pugh to move on they are not up to championship football standards.
Oh no! Don't start on about Pughie again, he's doing OK and EH has started him regularly enough when he could use others in that position this season.

And my thought should Brett get fed up and ask for a loan spell....
...I bet Brizzle City would be grateful for him now!
Fear not Ted, this wind up merchant Golfer is at it again just trying to impress everyone with his clear lack of footballing nous !

He knows little or nothing bout the structure of the playing staff and even less about the plans of Eddy and Max.

If he really thinks that he knows better the let's hear it rather than just slating players and what Eddy is doing.

I appreciate that everyone has an opinion but all he seems to do is cast negative doubts over things just for the sake of it, he has no real grasp of the game, in my opinion !

I said this before, we are in great shape for the future and will finish mid table so I do not see how that is too much to worry about.

Pitman has had his best days, in my opinion yet still has a decent roll to play within the modern squad game.

Brett on his day can produce something stunning and that's why he is still here. On the subject of Sir Mark Pugh king of the wing, he is in great form of late so why even bother getting on his back.

U T C I A D.
[quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]golfer33[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]North stand badger[/bold] wrote: Looking at the squad we have now I think Eddie has got it about right. We have cover in all areas. Camp and Allsopp in goal, Daniels,Harte.Elphic k,Cook,Ward,Francis, Smith in defence. Pugh,Arter,Surman,O Kane,Fraser,Ritchie, Hughes,Macdonald in midfield. Rantie,Kermogant,Pit man and Grabban up front. Not sure where Coulibaly is in all this as he seems to be the forgotten man. Then we have a bank of talented youngsters who Eddie will prepare to come in such as Mulebele,O Hanlon, Whitfield, Cornick etc. Eddie is a genius and I think the Club should give him a cast iron 5 year legally binding contract that could only be questioned if say we dropped into the bottom half of League one. He deserves it and you can be sure that a Premier League Club will come knocking soon and we cant afford to lose him.[/p][/quote]I think he is still on the learning curve, he seems to work well with the players as far as respect goes. But I feel he still has his favourites (mates) in the team. Time for Pitman and Pugh to move on they are not up to championship football standards.[/p][/quote]Oh no! Don't start on about Pughie again, he's doing OK and EH has started him regularly enough when he could use others in that position this season. And my thought should Brett get fed up and ask for a loan spell.... ...I bet Brizzle City would be grateful for him now![/p][/quote]Fear not Ted, this wind up merchant Golfer is at it again just trying to impress everyone with his clear lack of footballing nous ! He knows little or nothing bout the structure of the playing staff and even less about the plans of Eddy and Max. If he really thinks that he knows better the let's hear it rather than just slating players and what Eddy is doing. I appreciate that everyone has an opinion but all he seems to do is cast negative doubts over things just for the sake of it, he has no real grasp of the game, in my opinion ! I said this before, we are in great shape for the future and will finish mid table so I do not see how that is too much to worry about. Pitman has had his best days, in my opinion yet still has a decent roll to play within the modern squad game. Brett on his day can produce something stunning and that's why he is still here. On the subject of Sir Mark Pugh king of the wing, he is in great form of late so why even bother getting on his back. U T C I A D. coops1965cherry
  • Score: 3

2:09pm Tue 18 Feb 14

ReluctantNicko says...

Trouble in the camp? When Howe was at Burnley he failed miserably to engender the team spirit insired by Dyche. Treacy, who scored our goal on Saturday, was completely frozen out by Howe, who humiliated him by subbing him after 20 mins of a League Cup tie against Plymouth last season.

You should have won Saturday but that awful pitch did neither side any favours and the standard of the match was more akin to League 2.
Trouble in the camp? When Howe was at Burnley he failed miserably to engender the team spirit insired by Dyche. Treacy, who scored our goal on Saturday, was completely frozen out by Howe, who humiliated him by subbing him after 20 mins of a League Cup tie against Plymouth last season. You should have won Saturday but that awful pitch did neither side any favours and the standard of the match was more akin to League 2. ReluctantNicko
  • Score: -8

2:11pm Tue 18 Feb 14

ReluctantNicko says...

......hopefully, if things go well, we WON'T have to play at Dean Court next season unless in the cup.:))
......hopefully, if things go well, we WON'T have to play at Dean Court next season unless in the cup.:)) ReluctantNicko
  • Score: -5

2:28pm Tue 18 Feb 14

North stand badger says...

ReluctantNicko wrote:
Trouble in the camp? When Howe was at Burnley he failed miserably to engender the team spirit insired by Dyche. Treacy, who scored our goal on Saturday, was completely frozen out by Howe, who humiliated him by subbing him after 20 mins of a League Cup tie against Plymouth last season.

You should have won Saturday but that awful pitch did neither side any favours and the standard of the match was more akin to League 2.
Although Howe signed most of the players who have propelled you up the table? As for the pitch it has been pretty bad weather wise down here and generally it is a great surface to play on which has helped our passing game. As for not wanting to play at Bournemouth again, i went to Burnley and i know where |I would rather be! Eddie felt the same thats why he came home and is doing a great job for us.
[quote][p][bold]ReluctantNicko[/bold] wrote: Trouble in the camp? When Howe was at Burnley he failed miserably to engender the team spirit insired by Dyche. Treacy, who scored our goal on Saturday, was completely frozen out by Howe, who humiliated him by subbing him after 20 mins of a League Cup tie against Plymouth last season. You should have won Saturday but that awful pitch did neither side any favours and the standard of the match was more akin to League 2.[/p][/quote]Although Howe signed most of the players who have propelled you up the table? As for the pitch it has been pretty bad weather wise down here and generally it is a great surface to play on which has helped our passing game. As for not wanting to play at Bournemouth again, i went to Burnley and i know where |I would rather be! Eddie felt the same thats why he came home and is doing a great job for us. North stand badger
  • Score: 9

2:30pm Tue 18 Feb 14

North stand badger says...

ReluctantNicko wrote:
......hopefully, if things go well, we WON'T have to play at Dean Court next season unless in the cup.:))
I dont want to p**s on your chips but Burnley were one of the worse sides we have seen down here this season
[quote][p][bold]ReluctantNicko[/bold] wrote: ......hopefully, if things go well, we WON'T have to play at Dean Court next season unless in the cup.:))[/p][/quote]I dont want to p**s on your chips but Burnley were one of the worse sides we have seen down here this season North stand badger
  • Score: 5

3:26pm Tue 18 Feb 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

coops1965cherry wrote:
TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
golfer33 wrote:
North stand badger wrote: Looking at the squad we have now I think Eddie has got it about right. We have cover in all areas. Camp and Allsopp in goal, Daniels,Harte.Elphic k,Cook,Ward,Francis, Smith in defence. Pugh,Arter,Surman,O Kane,Fraser,Ritchie, Hughes,Macdonald in midfield. Rantie,Kermogant,Pit man and Grabban up front. Not sure where Coulibaly is in all this as he seems to be the forgotten man. Then we have a bank of talented youngsters who Eddie will prepare to come in such as Mulebele,O Hanlon, Whitfield, Cornick etc. Eddie is a genius and I think the Club should give him a cast iron 5 year legally binding contract that could only be questioned if say we dropped into the bottom half of League one. He deserves it and you can be sure that a Premier League Club will come knocking soon and we cant afford to lose him.
I think he is still on the learning curve, he seems to work well with the players as far as respect goes. But I feel he still has his favourites (mates) in the team. Time for Pitman and Pugh to move on they are not up to championship football standards.
Oh no! Don't start on about Pughie again, he's doing OK and EH has started him regularly enough when he could use others in that position this season. And my thought should Brett get fed up and ask for a loan spell.... ...I bet Brizzle City would be grateful for him now!
Fear not Ted, this wind up merchant Golfer is at it again just trying to impress everyone with his clear lack of footballing nous ! He knows little or nothing bout the structure of the playing staff and even less about the plans of Eddy and Max. If he really thinks that he knows better the let's hear it rather than just slating players and what Eddy is doing. I appreciate that everyone has an opinion but all he seems to do is cast negative doubts over things just for the sake of it, he has no real grasp of the game, in my opinion ! I said this before, we are in great shape for the future and will finish mid table so I do not see how that is too much to worry about. Pitman has had his best days, in my opinion yet still has a decent roll to play within the modern squad game. Brett on his day can produce something stunning and that's why he is still here. On the subject of Sir Mark Pugh king of the wing, he is in great form of late so why even bother getting on his back. U T C I A D.
Exactamondo my dear Coops, Pughie must've mentioned Trolls in an interview I know the Golf-merchant does'nt like that sort of talk! ;-}
[quote][p][bold]coops1965cherry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]golfer33[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]North stand badger[/bold] wrote: Looking at the squad we have now I think Eddie has got it about right. We have cover in all areas. Camp and Allsopp in goal, Daniels,Harte.Elphic k,Cook,Ward,Francis, Smith in defence. Pugh,Arter,Surman,O Kane,Fraser,Ritchie, Hughes,Macdonald in midfield. Rantie,Kermogant,Pit man and Grabban up front. Not sure where Coulibaly is in all this as he seems to be the forgotten man. Then we have a bank of talented youngsters who Eddie will prepare to come in such as Mulebele,O Hanlon, Whitfield, Cornick etc. Eddie is a genius and I think the Club should give him a cast iron 5 year legally binding contract that could only be questioned if say we dropped into the bottom half of League one. He deserves it and you can be sure that a Premier League Club will come knocking soon and we cant afford to lose him.[/p][/quote]I think he is still on the learning curve, he seems to work well with the players as far as respect goes. But I feel he still has his favourites (mates) in the team. Time for Pitman and Pugh to move on they are not up to championship football standards.[/p][/quote]Oh no! Don't start on about Pughie again, he's doing OK and EH has started him regularly enough when he could use others in that position this season. And my thought should Brett get fed up and ask for a loan spell.... ...I bet Brizzle City would be grateful for him now![/p][/quote]Fear not Ted, this wind up merchant Golfer is at it again just trying to impress everyone with his clear lack of footballing nous ! He knows little or nothing bout the structure of the playing staff and even less about the plans of Eddy and Max. If he really thinks that he knows better the let's hear it rather than just slating players and what Eddy is doing. I appreciate that everyone has an opinion but all he seems to do is cast negative doubts over things just for the sake of it, he has no real grasp of the game, in my opinion ! I said this before, we are in great shape for the future and will finish mid table so I do not see how that is too much to worry about. Pitman has had his best days, in my opinion yet still has a decent roll to play within the modern squad game. Brett on his day can produce something stunning and that's why he is still here. On the subject of Sir Mark Pugh king of the wing, he is in great form of late so why even bother getting on his back. U T C I A D.[/p][/quote]Exactamondo my dear Coops, Pughie must've mentioned Trolls in an interview I know the Golf-merchant does'nt like that sort of talk! ;-} TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 0

3:31pm Tue 18 Feb 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

North stand badger wrote:
ReluctantNicko wrote: Trouble in the camp? When Howe was at Burnley he failed miserably to engender the team spirit insired by Dyche. Treacy, who scored our goal on Saturday, was completely frozen out by Howe, who humiliated him by subbing him after 20 mins of a League Cup tie against Plymouth last season. You should have won Saturday but that awful pitch did neither side any favours and the standard of the match was more akin to League 2.
Although Howe signed most of the players who have propelled you up the table? As for the pitch it has been pretty bad weather wise down here and generally it is a great surface to play on which has helped our passing game. As for not wanting to play at Bournemouth again, i went to Burnley and i know where |I would rather be! Eddie felt the same thats why he came home and is doing a great job for us.
I bet that's the first time you "Dingles" had seen the glowing sky orb in years when it shone on your end of the East Stand last Saturday - cue for a North Stand song! "Are you burining in the sun!!"

Hope you pasty noorthenoors had your sun-cream!
[quote][p][bold]North stand badger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ReluctantNicko[/bold] wrote: Trouble in the camp? When Howe was at Burnley he failed miserably to engender the team spirit insired by Dyche. Treacy, who scored our goal on Saturday, was completely frozen out by Howe, who humiliated him by subbing him after 20 mins of a League Cup tie against Plymouth last season. You should have won Saturday but that awful pitch did neither side any favours and the standard of the match was more akin to League 2.[/p][/quote]Although Howe signed most of the players who have propelled you up the table? As for the pitch it has been pretty bad weather wise down here and generally it is a great surface to play on which has helped our passing game. As for not wanting to play at Bournemouth again, i went to Burnley and i know where |I would rather be! Eddie felt the same thats why he came home and is doing a great job for us.[/p][/quote]I bet that's the first time you "Dingles" had seen the glowing sky orb in years when it shone on your end of the East Stand last Saturday - cue for a North Stand song! "Are you burining in the sun!!" Hope you pasty noorthenoors had your sun-cream! TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: -1

5:16pm Tue 18 Feb 14

raybren says...

This time last season it was Pitman making the headlines , scoring the goals . Is he Championship level ? Well with the strengthening of the squad , it seems his is more a support role now . Nevertheless we should be grateful to have him , be it as a sub . or to cover injuries . Just look how well Harte has done .
This time last season it was Pitman making the headlines , scoring the goals . Is he Championship level ? Well with the strengthening of the squad , it seems his is more a support role now . Nevertheless we should be grateful to have him , be it as a sub . or to cover injuries . Just look how well Harte has done . raybren
  • Score: 4

5:41pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Nat1234 says...

abc100 wrote:
mark.s wrote:
Now we have a centre forward, a two up front partnership with Kermorgant would really suit Brett and get the best from him. Same goes for Rantie for that matter.
Totally agree, with Kermit up front it would be ideal for a goal scorer like Brett, he probably won't be first choice but he will get a chance with injuries
Also I think Brett would win some balls in the air , and that would lay some good balls for yann . I think we need 2 forwards that can win balls in the air .
[quote][p][bold]abc100[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mark.s[/bold] wrote: Now we have a centre forward, a two up front partnership with Kermorgant would really suit Brett and get the best from him. Same goes for Rantie for that matter.[/p][/quote]Totally agree, with Kermit up front it would be ideal for a goal scorer like Brett, he probably won't be first choice but he will get a chance with injuries[/p][/quote]Also I think Brett would win some balls in the air , and that would lay some good balls for yann . I think we need 2 forwards that can win balls in the air . Nat1234
  • Score: -3

5:46pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Nat1234 says...

ASM wrote:
great attitude from Pitman, his heart is in the right place, supportive of the other lads. He just hasn't hit form this season, like Rantie and Grabban has been on fire!
Hopefully he will hit form soon like he did when he scored for fun last season.
LOL ........
[quote][p][bold]ASM[/bold] wrote: great attitude from Pitman, his heart is in the right place, supportive of the other lads. He just hasn't hit form this season, like Rantie and Grabban has been on fire! Hopefully he will hit form soon like he did when he scored for fun last season.[/p][/quote]LOL ........ Nat1234
  • Score: -4

5:48pm Tue 18 Feb 14

coops1965cherry says...

ReluctantNicko wrote:
......hopefully, if things go well, we WON'T have to play at Dean Court next season unless in the cup.:))
Eeeeeeee by gumm. gone tut footeh to watch tut game.

I am amazed that you can even find your way out of your cave and all this way south at this time of year !
Yes I hope that we DONT have to play you next season either, not even in the cup, the thought of more flat caps and clogs clumping across Kings Park, brrrr, gives me the creeps
Northern monkey :)

U T C I A D.
[quote][p][bold]ReluctantNicko[/bold] wrote: ......hopefully, if things go well, we WON'T have to play at Dean Court next season unless in the cup.:))[/p][/quote]Eeeeeeee by gumm. gone tut footeh to watch tut game. I am amazed that you can even find your way out of your cave and all this way south at this time of year ! Yes I hope that we DONT have to play you next season either, not even in the cup, the thought of more flat caps and clogs clumping across Kings Park, brrrr, gives me the creeps Northern monkey :) U T C I A D. coops1965cherry
  • Score: 2

6:14pm Tue 18 Feb 14

canfordcherry says...

Where will you be when a big club buys your 2 strikers? There no EH to find more talent for you now. He's back where he belongs.
Where will you be when a big club buys your 2 strikers? There no EH to find more talent for you now. He's back where he belongs. canfordcherry
  • Score: 6

7:48pm Tue 18 Feb 14

West moors 1 says...

No wonder Pitman is happy here, he's being paid a shed load of money for very poor performances. He footn his level when we played Burton Albion! Poke him on on the summer and take on someone who can run, can score goals and track back. Credit where credit is due, pitman can take a superb penalty but that's just not good enough. Up the cherries!
No wonder Pitman is happy here, he's being paid a shed load of money for very poor performances. He footn his level when we played Burton Albion! Poke him on on the summer and take on someone who can run, can score goals and track back. Credit where credit is due, pitman can take a superb penalty but that's just not good enough. Up the cherries! West moors 1
  • Score: 2

8:59pm Tue 18 Feb 14

gtd says...

Totally agree with all the positive points about Brett; he should be playing.
He is a natural goalscorer and has contributed so much in getting us into the Championship.
Totally agree with all the positive points about Brett; he should be playing. He is a natural goalscorer and has contributed so much in getting us into the Championship. gtd
  • Score: 0

9:04pm Tue 18 Feb 14

gtd says...

eaststandman wrote:
RED LETTER DAY wrote:
afcbcasuals wrote:
Has served the club well in the lower league's but he can't cut it in the championship.. the team and the squad have become stronger and better he should think about dropping down a league
WHAT NONSENSE, . . . , In Bretts one season in the Championship he scored 13 goals and half the time he was not used as he fell out of favour when the new manager arrived. . . . If he had played as many games as Tokelo I am sure he would have scored a lot more than three goals
Agreed. He would have netted 50% of all our chances. He's our best finisher.

But.....you cant score if you're not on the pitch.
I agree entirely.
Too many our players get up to the box and want to pass rather than shoot - and too many want to walk it in; Brett will at least try to score.
[quote][p][bold]eaststandman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RED LETTER DAY[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]afcbcasuals[/bold] wrote: Has served the club well in the lower league's but he can't cut it in the championship.. the team and the squad have become stronger and better he should think about dropping down a league[/p][/quote]WHAT NONSENSE, . . . , In Bretts one season in the Championship he scored 13 goals and half the time he was not used as he fell out of favour when the new manager arrived. . . . If he had played as many games as Tokelo I am sure he would have scored a lot more than three goals[/p][/quote]Agreed. He would have netted 50% of all our chances. He's our best finisher. But.....you cant score if you're not on the pitch.[/p][/quote]I agree entirely. Too many our players get up to the box and want to pass rather than shoot - and too many want to walk it in; Brett will at least try to score. gtd
  • Score: 1

9:45pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Deejaycee says...

Just been watching the Man City game, the way their opponents were passing the ball around I had to look twice, I thought it was AFCB.
Just been watching the Man City game, the way their opponents were passing the ball around I had to look twice, I thought it was AFCB. Deejaycee
  • Score: 3

9:59pm Tue 18 Feb 14

afcbcasuals says...

RED LETTER DAY wrote:
afcbcasuals wrote:
Has served the club well in the lower league's but he can't cut it in the championship.. the team and the squad have become stronger and better he should think about dropping down a league
WHAT NONSENSE, . . . , In Bretts one season in the Championship he scored 13 goals and half the time he was not used as he fell out of favour when the new manager arrived. . . . If he had played as many games as Tokelo I am sure he would have scored a lot more than three goals
If people think pitman has played well in the championship they must be wearing rose coloured spectacles.. spoke to Bristol City fans in the motorway services last season not one of them had a good word about him ..Please tell me what he has done or can other the team this season
[quote][p][bold]RED LETTER DAY[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]afcbcasuals[/bold] wrote: Has served the club well in the lower league's but he can't cut it in the championship.. the team and the squad have become stronger and better he should think about dropping down a league[/p][/quote]WHAT NONSENSE, . . . , In Bretts one season in the Championship he scored 13 goals and half the time he was not used as he fell out of favour when the new manager arrived. . . . If he had played as many games as Tokelo I am sure he would have scored a lot more than three goals[/p][/quote]If people think pitman has played well in the championship they must be wearing rose coloured spectacles.. spoke to Bristol City fans in the motorway services last season not one of them had a good word about him ..Please tell me what he has done or can other the team this season afcbcasuals
  • Score: -1

11:34pm Tue 18 Feb 14

St Albans Cherry says...

Brett Pitman.

I have never been a fan, always wondering how he scored so many goals. Yet he has grown on me. As the seasons have past he has been the one consistent scorer of goals. He can hardly find form if he is not picked and runs on for the last 7 minutes of a game can he?. It must break his heart.
We have spent loads of money on strikers and renewed others' contracts to replace him. He and the old school are no longer fashionable and been displaced. Yet we have not seen Rantie score too often and that price tag we paid for him also means he has the nod over Pitman.
Brett we all know has upped his game chasing back more. He is though clumsy in the tackle and sure could have been red carded against Burnley. Yet we, that know, appreciate that if there was one guy that would hit the net inside the six yard box when given the chance it's Brett. Others for example would blast it wide or fluff it 70per cent of the time. (!) You know who?!?
So there's the quandary, go for expensive red blooded meat,so called class, or go for chicken!
I think he needs to start a match but when and against whom? He certainly is re than able to come on for the last 15/20 minutes, don't you? Who knows he might score a couple a game.
Brett Pitman. I have never been a fan, always wondering how he scored so many goals. Yet he has grown on me. As the seasons have past he has been the one consistent scorer of goals. He can hardly find form if he is not picked and runs on for the last 7 minutes of a game can he?. It must break his heart. We have spent loads of money on strikers and renewed others' contracts to replace him. He and the old school are no longer fashionable and been displaced. Yet we have not seen Rantie score too often and that price tag we paid for him also means he has the nod over Pitman. Brett we all know has upped his game chasing back more. He is though clumsy in the tackle and sure could have been red carded against Burnley. Yet we, that know, appreciate that if there was one guy that would hit the net inside the six yard box when given the chance it's Brett. Others for example would blast it wide or fluff it 70per cent of the time. (!) You know who?!? So there's the quandary, go for expensive red blooded meat,so called class, or go for chicken! I think he needs to start a match but when and against whom? He certainly is re than able to come on for the last 15/20 minutes, don't you? Who knows he might score a couple a game. St Albans Cherry
  • Score: 1

11:39pm Tue 18 Feb 14

St Albans Cherry says...

coops1965cherry wrote:
ReluctantNicko wrote:
......hopefully, if things go well, we WON'T have to play at Dean Court next season unless in the cup.:))
Eeeeeeee by gumm. gone tut footeh to watch tut game.

I am amazed that you can even find your way out of your cave and all this way south at this time of year !
Yes I hope that we DONT have to play you next season either, not even in the cup, the thought of more flat caps and clogs clumping across Kings Park, brrrr, gives me the creeps
Northern monkey :)

U T C I A D.
It's wrong for all the wrong reasons but that made me laugh! It's still wrong though.:)
[quote][p][bold]coops1965cherry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ReluctantNicko[/bold] wrote: ......hopefully, if things go well, we WON'T have to play at Dean Court next season unless in the cup.:))[/p][/quote]Eeeeeeee by gumm. gone tut footeh to watch tut game. I am amazed that you can even find your way out of your cave and all this way south at this time of year ! Yes I hope that we DONT have to play you next season either, not even in the cup, the thought of more flat caps and clogs clumping across Kings Park, brrrr, gives me the creeps Northern monkey :) U T C I A D.[/p][/quote]It's wrong for all the wrong reasons but that made me laugh! It's still wrong though.:) St Albans Cherry
  • Score: -1

8:33am Wed 19 Feb 14

abc100 says...

St Albans Cherry wrote:
Brett Pitman. I have never been a fan, always wondering how he scored so many goals. Yet he has grown on me. As the seasons have past he has been the one consistent scorer of goals. He can hardly find form if he is not picked and runs on for the last 7 minutes of a game can he?. It must break his heart. We have spent loads of money on strikers and renewed others' contracts to replace him. He and the old school are no longer fashionable and been displaced. Yet we have not seen Rantie score too often and that price tag we paid for him also means he has the nod over Pitman. Brett we all know has upped his game chasing back more. He is though clumsy in the tackle and sure could have been red carded against Burnley. Yet we, that know, appreciate that if there was one guy that would hit the net inside the six yard box when given the chance it's Brett. Others for example would blast it wide or fluff it 70per cent of the time. (!) You know who?!? So there's the quandary, go for expensive red blooded meat,so called class, or go for chicken! I think he needs to start a match but when and against whom? He certainly is re than able to come on for the last 15/20 minutes, don't you? Who knows he might score a couple a game.
For what reason were you not a fan, the first time I ever saw him play was in a pre season game at Eastleigh and he beat a couple of players then bent it in the top corner, one if the best goals I've ever seen, yeah it was only a friendly but you could see something in this 16/17 year old kid, he has scored goals consistently from the first time he came into the team, yeah his body language ain't always the best and he moans and whinges wants to take every corner, free kick,penalty but who cares if he scores goals, I'm not saying he should start every game but he is undoubtably the best finisher we have so a run of games with Kermit I believe would result in goals scored,on the other hand I would not leave Grabbon out, I know people don't like him and that's probably to do with apparantly when younger being a bit of a big time Charlie off the pitch, again who should care about that if he is finding the back of the net
[quote][p][bold]St Albans Cherry[/bold] wrote: Brett Pitman. I have never been a fan, always wondering how he scored so many goals. Yet he has grown on me. As the seasons have past he has been the one consistent scorer of goals. He can hardly find form if he is not picked and runs on for the last 7 minutes of a game can he?. It must break his heart. We have spent loads of money on strikers and renewed others' contracts to replace him. He and the old school are no longer fashionable and been displaced. Yet we have not seen Rantie score too often and that price tag we paid for him also means he has the nod over Pitman. Brett we all know has upped his game chasing back more. He is though clumsy in the tackle and sure could have been red carded against Burnley. Yet we, that know, appreciate that if there was one guy that would hit the net inside the six yard box when given the chance it's Brett. Others for example would blast it wide or fluff it 70per cent of the time. (!) You know who?!? So there's the quandary, go for expensive red blooded meat,so called class, or go for chicken! I think he needs to start a match but when and against whom? He certainly is re than able to come on for the last 15/20 minutes, don't you? Who knows he might score a couple a game.[/p][/quote]For what reason were you not a fan, the first time I ever saw him play was in a pre season game at Eastleigh and he beat a couple of players then bent it in the top corner, one if the best goals I've ever seen, yeah it was only a friendly but you could see something in this 16/17 year old kid, he has scored goals consistently from the first time he came into the team, yeah his body language ain't always the best and he moans and whinges wants to take every corner, free kick,penalty but who cares if he scores goals, I'm not saying he should start every game but he is undoubtably the best finisher we have so a run of games with Kermit I believe would result in goals scored,on the other hand I would not leave Grabbon out, I know people don't like him and that's probably to do with apparantly when younger being a bit of a big time Charlie off the pitch, again who should care about that if he is finding the back of the net abc100
  • Score: -2

4:54pm Fri 21 Feb 14

St Albans Cherry says...

abc100 wrote:
St Albans Cherry wrote:
Brett Pitman. I have never been a fan, always wondering how he scored so many goals. Yet he has grown on me. As the seasons have past he has been the one consistent scorer of goals. He can hardly find form if he is not picked and runs on for the last 7 minutes of a game can he?. It must break his heart. We have spent loads of money on strikers and renewed others' contracts to replace him. He and the old school are no longer fashionable and been displaced. Yet we have not seen Rantie score too often and that price tag we paid for him also means he has the nod over Pitman. Brett we all know has upped his game chasing back more. He is though clumsy in the tackle and sure could have been red carded against Burnley. Yet we, that know, appreciate that if there was one guy that would hit the net inside the six yard box when given the chance it's Brett. Others for example would blast it wide or fluff it 70per cent of the time. (!) You know who?!? So there's the quandary, go for expensive red blooded meat,so called class, or go for chicken! I think he needs to start a match but when and against whom? He certainly is re than able to come on for the last 15/20 minutes, don't you? Who knows he might score a couple a game.
For what reason were you not a fan, the first time I ever saw him play was in a pre season game at Eastleigh and he beat a couple of players then bent it in the top corner, one if the best goals I've ever seen, yeah it was only a friendly but you could see something in this 16/17 year old kid, he has scored goals consistently from the first time he came into the team, yeah his body language ain't always the best and he moans and whinges wants to take every corner, free kick,penalty but who cares if he scores goals, I'm not saying he should start every game but he is undoubtably the best finisher we have so a run of games with Kermit I believe would result in goals scored,on the other hand I would not leave Grabbon out, I know people don't like him and that's probably to do with apparantly when younger being a bit of a big time Charlie off the pitch, again who should care about that if he is finding the back of the net
ABC 100 I agree I agree!

(The trouble is this site deletes words and then you publish and then go Doh!)

I wanted to state more. That Bret is a curiosity, but a successful one. I like the fact he scores goals but I can't for the life of me know how he always scores?

That makes him a natural, a one of a kind.
[quote][p][bold]abc100[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Albans Cherry[/bold] wrote: Brett Pitman. I have never been a fan, always wondering how he scored so many goals. Yet he has grown on me. As the seasons have past he has been the one consistent scorer of goals. He can hardly find form if he is not picked and runs on for the last 7 minutes of a game can he?. It must break his heart. We have spent loads of money on strikers and renewed others' contracts to replace him. He and the old school are no longer fashionable and been displaced. Yet we have not seen Rantie score too often and that price tag we paid for him also means he has the nod over Pitman. Brett we all know has upped his game chasing back more. He is though clumsy in the tackle and sure could have been red carded against Burnley. Yet we, that know, appreciate that if there was one guy that would hit the net inside the six yard box when given the chance it's Brett. Others for example would blast it wide or fluff it 70per cent of the time. (!) You know who?!? So there's the quandary, go for expensive red blooded meat,so called class, or go for chicken! I think he needs to start a match but when and against whom? He certainly is re than able to come on for the last 15/20 minutes, don't you? Who knows he might score a couple a game.[/p][/quote]For what reason were you not a fan, the first time I ever saw him play was in a pre season game at Eastleigh and he beat a couple of players then bent it in the top corner, one if the best goals I've ever seen, yeah it was only a friendly but you could see something in this 16/17 year old kid, he has scored goals consistently from the first time he came into the team, yeah his body language ain't always the best and he moans and whinges wants to take every corner, free kick,penalty but who cares if he scores goals, I'm not saying he should start every game but he is undoubtably the best finisher we have so a run of games with Kermit I believe would result in goals scored,on the other hand I would not leave Grabbon out, I know people don't like him and that's probably to do with apparantly when younger being a bit of a big time Charlie off the pitch, again who should care about that if he is finding the back of the net[/p][/quote]ABC 100 I agree I agree! (The trouble is this site deletes words and then you publish and then go Doh!) I wanted to state more. That Bret is a curiosity, but a successful one. I like the fact he scores goals but I can't for the life of me know how he always scores? That makes him a natural, a one of a kind. St Albans Cherry
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