Kitson: We need to keep this going

Pompey's stand-in skipper Dave Kitson celebrates his vital goal against Scunthorpe
Pompey's stand-in skipper Dave Kitson celebrates his vital goal against Scunthorpe
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Dave Kitson toasted his return to goalscoring form in front of the Fratton end and insisted: We have to ride this momentum.

The Blues stand-in captain struck a terrific opener in last night’s 2-0 triumph over Scunthorpe United.

His goal set Pompey on their way to sealing a fifth straight Championship victory and a fifth consecutive clean sheet.

But while the recent run has seen them climb to within seven points of the top six, former Stoke striker Kitson believes it’s premature to start talking about the play-offs.

He said: ‘We had a horrendous start to the season, then we did well, then we had a bad run and now we’re on a good run again.

‘We know with our experience that it can change around very quickly and not really for any apparent reason.

‘So we will just try to enjoy it while we can at the moment, keep doing what we’re doing and see where it takes us.

‘Whatever happens, happens but we have to keep the momentum going for as long as we can.’

While Kitson has not been as prolific as he would have liked this season, he has shown he is a capable finisher when the chances come his way with a fine seventh strike of the campaign.

He took his latest goal in style, bursting past two defenders to drill home a low shot for his first in front of the Fratton end since September when he netted twice in a 6-1 mauling of Leicester City.

He said: ‘Scunthorpe defended resolutely for all but that moment of the match.

‘They were quite solid and made it very difficult for us.

‘I think that was the only time where two players left the ball to each other and I just thought that if I could get through them, it would all open up.

‘It opened up the bottom corner and I wasn’t going to mess around trying to bring it back on to my left foot.

‘I was in the middle of the goal so I thought, “head down, smash it” and tried to aim for the corner.

‘It was a great feeling to score again in front of the Fratton end. It’s been a while coming.

‘I had half a sniff when Cotts (David Cotterill) played a great ball in from the right and it missed everyone.

‘When that went begging you think “here we go again”.

‘But when it opened up nicely for me, even I would back me to hit the target from there!

‘The keeper might have got a hand to it but there was a lot of power and it put us on our way to another good victory.’

While Scunthorpe offered little, they were certainly unfortunate to see a first-half Lee Miller header ruled out for a supposed push.

But after a disappointing first-half performance, once Pompey went ahead there was only one winner as they took total control.

Kitson said: ‘When we went 1-0 up, the pitch opened up a bit more and we were able to pass it and kill the game.

‘They had to go for it after that first goal.

‘They had a gameplan to sit back for a draw and maybe nick one but that went out of the window once we’d scored.

‘We’ve got enough old heads to keep passing it when the game opens up like that.’