AFC Bournemouth striker Brett Pitman: We must be at our best

KEEN TO STAKE A CLAIM: Cherries striker Brett Pitman

KEEN TO STAKE A CLAIM: Cherries striker Brett Pitman

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STRIKER Brett Pitman knows Cherries must guard against complacency as they go in search of ending a 10-year wait to reach the third round of the League Cup.

Pitman could feature when Cherries look to negotiate a tricky second-round hurdle in the shape of League Two outfit Northampton at Dean Court tonight (7.45pm).

The Jerseyman made his debut in the competition as a teenager in 2005 – the season after Cherries had progressed to the last 32 following a penalty shootout win at Premier League Blackburn.

And with the Cobblers having pulled off one of the results of the first round by dumping out Wolves, Pitman knows Cherries will need to be on their mettle if they are to avoid a shock exit.

The 26-year-old, who played his part in Cherries’ 2-0 win at Exeter in the first round, told the Daily Echo: “Everybody knows what a great run Bradford went on to reach the final in 2013 and that just shows what clubs outside of the Premier League can do in this competition.

“If you get a few favourable draws then it is an opportunity to go far. But we need to think no further than trying to get past Northampton before we can start thinking about anything else.

“They will come here with no fear and no pressure and that will make them very dangerous opposition. I am sure they will fancy their chances and it is up to us to be at our best, like we were at Exeter.”

Pitman was one of no fewer than 11 changes made by boss Howe as Cherries eased past the Grecians a fortnight ago with a number of players again set to get their chance against Northampton.

And having come off the bench to spark a revival at Blackburn on Saturday, where his late penalty set up a grandstand finish, Pitman is determined to seize his opportunity.

Pitman added: “I think the team we had out at Exeter would probably win League One quite comfortably so it is by no means weaker. All 11 were first-team players and would want to play in the first team. It is a really strong squad so you need to be ready when you get your chance.

“I was on the bench at Huddersfield but didn’t come on and then didn’t feature in the next two league games. I got a chance at Blackburn and felt I made an impact so am hoping to do well against Northampton, if selected.”

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7:16am Tue 26 Aug 14

Web by says...

No disrespect to Pitman but I do not agree that the team we put out against Exeter would win league 1 comfortably and his arrogance is only setting the team up for a big fall. I understand we are now classed as a championship team but we need to respect the teams lower down the leagues and remember where we were not long ago don't get too big for our boots like the scummers cmon you reds
No disrespect to Pitman but I do not agree that the team we put out against Exeter would win league 1 comfortably and his arrogance is only setting the team up for a big fall. I understand we are now classed as a championship team but we need to respect the teams lower down the leagues and remember where we were not long ago don't get too big for our boots like the scummers cmon you reds Web by
  • Score: 10

7:49am Tue 26 Aug 14

Steveo123 says...

Come on, Northampton are halfway down Leauge 2 !!.... I'll be there, just had £10 on 3- 0 Cherries....
Come on, Northampton are halfway down Leauge 2 !!.... I'll be there, just had £10 on 3- 0 Cherries.... Steveo123
  • Score: 9

7:57am Tue 26 Aug 14

John T says...

Web by wrote:
No disrespect to Pitman but I do not agree that the team we put out against Exeter would win league 1 comfortably and his arrogance is only setting the team up for a big fall. I understand we are now classed as a championship team but we need to respect the teams lower down the leagues and remember where we were not long ago don't get too big for our boots like the scummers cmon you reds
Just typical Pitman modesty.
[quote][p][bold]Web by[/bold] wrote: No disrespect to Pitman but I do not agree that the team we put out against Exeter would win league 1 comfortably and his arrogance is only setting the team up for a big fall. I understand we are now classed as a championship team but we need to respect the teams lower down the leagues and remember where we were not long ago don't get too big for our boots like the scummers cmon you reds[/p][/quote]Just typical Pitman modesty. John T
  • Score: 0

8:12am Tue 26 Aug 14

c0ckbeard says...

Of course he's arrogant, it's self belief and he needs it to be at his best. I think 'winning league one easily' is maybe a tad overboard, but the team at Exeter is more than capable of performing at this level. Big win tonight, get the players heads back up
Of course he's arrogant, it's self belief and he needs it to be at his best. I think 'winning league one easily' is maybe a tad overboard, but the team at Exeter is more than capable of performing at this level. Big win tonight, get the players heads back up c0ckbeard
  • Score: 9

9:44am Tue 26 Aug 14

devon fan says...

but it probably will not be the heads of the players most needing a lift
but it probably will not be the heads of the players most needing a lift devon fan
  • Score: 0

11:56am Tue 26 Aug 14

curryandstella says...

Come on you Cherries! Should have done kids for a quid with adults paying a tenner, fill the ground and people might buy a drink or some food. I can't see more than 4000 for this one. I hope we win any way, moaning done:)
Come on you Cherries! Should have done kids for a quid with adults paying a tenner, fill the ground and people might buy a drink or some food. I can't see more than 4000 for this one. I hope we win any way, moaning done:) curryandstella
  • Score: 4

12:14pm Tue 26 Aug 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

curryandstella wrote:
Come on you Cherries! Should have done kids for a quid with adults paying a tenner, fill the ground and people might buy a drink or some food. I can't see more than 4000 for this one. I hope we win any way, moaning done:)
The article on the AFCB site says tonights tickets are on sale to season ticket holders???? Think they'd better sort that one out and fast or it will be lower than 4000!

Good luck tonight boys whoever is selected!
[quote][p][bold]curryandstella[/bold] wrote: Come on you Cherries! Should have done kids for a quid with adults paying a tenner, fill the ground and people might buy a drink or some food. I can't see more than 4000 for this one. I hope we win any way, moaning done:)[/p][/quote]The article on the AFCB site says tonights tickets are on sale to season ticket holders???? Think they'd better sort that one out and fast or it will be lower than 4000! Good luck tonight boys whoever is selected! TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 1

2:07pm Tue 26 Aug 14

St Albans Cherry says...

It's £15 quid. Anyone can buy one. ( re the ticket)

After recent results this game is very important. OK so Brett may have helped the Cobblers but we all know that underneath we expect this to be a win.

Whatever the result is we will still be behind you so let's keep the faith, buy a ticket and the pies and FYI I have a cheeky few quid on this one. A win at 1/2 or 4/7 is like buying money!

Enjoy I am there tonight, with 4 others so get a wiggle, on and get down. It will be good to see how EH bounces back with the team... we don't want DC seen as a morgue do we?

Enjoy!
It's £15 quid. Anyone can buy one. ( re the ticket) After recent results this game is very important. OK so Brett may have helped the Cobblers but we all know that underneath we expect this to be a win. Whatever the result is we will still be behind you so let's keep the faith, buy a ticket and the pies and FYI I have a cheeky few quid on this one. A win at 1/2 or 4/7 is like buying money! Enjoy I am there tonight, with 4 others so get a wiggle, on and get down. It will be good to see how EH bounces back with the team... we don't want DC seen as a morgue do we? Enjoy! St Albans Cherry
  • Score: 3

2:33pm Tue 26 Aug 14

St Albans Cherry says...

Should read... it's 315 quid max
Should read... it's 315 quid max St Albans Cherry
  • Score: -2

4:48pm Tue 26 Aug 14

matt68 says...

curryandstella wrote:
Come on you Cherries! Should have done kids for a quid with adults paying a tenner, fill the ground and people might buy a drink or some food. I can't see more than 4000 for this one. I hope we win any way, moaning done:)
its a cup game so its not afcb choice about prices as northampton get 45% of receipts they have to agree admission price as well
[quote][p][bold]curryandstella[/bold] wrote: Come on you Cherries! Should have done kids for a quid with adults paying a tenner, fill the ground and people might buy a drink or some food. I can't see more than 4000 for this one. I hope we win any way, moaning done:)[/p][/quote]its a cup game so its not afcb choice about prices as northampton get 45% of receipts they have to agree admission price as well matt68
  • Score: 1

7:34pm Tue 26 Aug 14

curryandstella says...

matt68 wrote:
curryandstella wrote:
Come on you Cherries! Should have done kids for a quid with adults paying a tenner, fill the ground and people might buy a drink or some food. I can't see more than 4000 for this one. I hope we win any way, moaning done:)
its a cup game so its not afcb choice about prices as northampton get 45% of receipts they have to agree admission price as well
fair point
[quote][p][bold]matt68[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]curryandstella[/bold] wrote: Come on you Cherries! Should have done kids for a quid with adults paying a tenner, fill the ground and people might buy a drink or some food. I can't see more than 4000 for this one. I hope we win any way, moaning done:)[/p][/quote]its a cup game so its not afcb choice about prices as northampton get 45% of receipts they have to agree admission price as well[/p][/quote]fair point curryandstella
  • Score: 1

7:50am Wed 27 Aug 14

Steveo123 says...

Steveo123 wrote:
Come on, Northampton are halfway down Leauge 2 !!.... I'll be there, just had £10 on 3- 0 Cherries....
Get in !!!!!! 2 -1 to the cherries Saturday....
[quote][p][bold]Steveo123[/bold] wrote: Come on, Northampton are halfway down Leauge 2 !!.... I'll be there, just had £10 on 3- 0 Cherries....[/p][/quote]Get in !!!!!! 2 -1 to the cherries Saturday.... Steveo123
  • Score: 0

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