Pitman gives verdict on controversial Fratton exit
Friday, 10th Jul 2020 22:10 by pompey-fans.com staff
Brett Pitman believes he could have had a massive impact on Pompey this season had he been given more time on the pitch.
The striker has been released at the end of a third season at Fratton Park in which he was hardly given a look-in, despite scoring close to 40 goals in his first two Pompey campaigns.
He told The News he did not want to dwell on the disappointing end to his Blues spell, saying: 'To be honest, I would rather remember the good times at Pompey than the other things which happened. Most of all, I would like to be remembered for the goals I scored and lifting the Checkatrade Trophy at Wembley, I can’t imagine there have been many Pompey captains down the years who have been able to do that.
‘However, this season was pretty much a non-event for me personally – I wouldn’t like that to define my time at the club. I thoroughly enjoyed the majority of my time at Pompey and, when I’ve been on the pitch, certainly I have loved playing for those unbelievable fans.
‘It’s just a shame for me that I couldn’t play in front of them a lot more towards the end. Ultimately, the manager does what he thinks is right for the team. Whether I agree with it or not, it wasn’t going to have any effect on his decision.
‘I can have my opinion and he will have another I guess, it is what it is. I still think – and I still know – that I could have had a massive impact on the team there. Given the opportunity to play week in, week out for Pompey, I know I would have scored a lot of goals.
‘I’m not angry. I’m still healthy, my family’s healthy, obviously it has been tough times for everybody. I’m actually disappointed. It would have been nice to have finished it differently.
‘It would have been lovely to score the winner in the play-offs, the fairytale ending – but it wasn’t to be. Above all, I’m thankful I had the opportunity to play 99 games in front of the Pompey fans.’