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Portsmouth 2 v 2 Sunderland
Johnstone's Paint Trophy
Sunday, 31st March 2019 Kick-off 15:00
Pompey skipper on club's great chance to win silverware
Saturday, 30th Mar 2019 18:36 by pompey-fans.com staff

Brett Pitman describes the Checkatrade Trophy as 'different'. But that does not diminish his eagerness to be involved in Pompey's big day out - and for the Blues to win the thing.

The skipper will be hopeful of starting after returning to the first choice XI in the past couple of weeks, and it will be the first time he has played at the national stadium.

He told The News: 'This competition is different, people don't like different, what with under-21 teams in it and how you have to make a certain amount of changes.

'The Checkatrade Trophy gets more important as it progresses, once you get to the quarter-final and semi-final stages you have a good eye on what lies ahead and think “There’s a chance to win a trophy here”.

‘That’s how it has panned out. We’ve now got a great opportunity against Sunderland to win some silverware.’

Pitman was at Wembley earlier this season - but as a fan not a player. He took his son to see Spurs play Barcelona in the Champions League.

Pitman told The News: 'I went to watch Tottenham against Barcelona earlier in the season and took my little boy. He is six and obviously wanted to watch Messi play - and enjoyed himself. It was good to watch a top-quality game featuring the best players in the world. From that point of view, it was interesting to see.

‘Messi was unbelievable, he ran the game, he was very good, and that’s the last time I was at Wembley. I enjoy watching football, regardless of whatever standard, you can appreciate those top, top players and how good they actually are. I like going to watch matches, I see as many as I can when we haven’t got a game, such as midweek.

‘Not all players like doing that, but I do. I enjoy watching other teams and players. I want to stay involved in football in the future, but have always enjoyed watching it since I was a youngster. Now it will be fantastic to go out there and play at Wembley myself.’

Team news:

Pompey say Kenny Jackett will make a late call on the fitness of Ronan Curtis, who has returned to training after severing his finger. But the Blues will definitely be without the trio of Dion Donohue (groin), Viv Solomon-Otabor (calf) and Jack Whatmough (knee).

Andy Cannon (thigh) and Bryn Morris (knee) are injured and cup-tied, Lloyd Isgrove just cup-tied.

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