Mokoena: Striker is so vital for Blues

Matty Kennedy. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Aaron Mokoena believes Blues striker Dave Kitson means more to Pompey than just his goals.

The South African skipper was delighted for his team-mate to get back on the scoring trail with his first strike in nine games in the 2-0 win at Norwich City on Saturday.

But Mokoena has pointed to the striker's important contribution to the side in other areas, rather than simply the number of goals he scores.

And the defender believes Kitson's value to the Blues is about more than simply putting the ball in the net.

Mokoena said: 'Kits is an important player to the team.

'I know as a striker you have to score goals, and that's what he always wants to do.

'But look at the way he leads the play and the way he links the team.

'He works hard and as a team, that's what we need.'

It had been a difficult period for Kitson, who had very few chances during his eight-match goalless spell prior to the Norwich match, despite turning in some good performances.

But with his close-range strike at Carrow Road, he now has a decent return of five goals to his name this season and has helped fire Pompey to within just five points of the play-off places with a game in hand on many of the sides above them.

While Mokoena has welcomed Kitson's rediscovery of his goal touch, the skipper is more concerned with team results.

He said: 'Of course we need him (Kitson) to score, but we need him to play fantastically as he did against Norwich.

'We can't blame him for not scoring.

'With the way he plays, I don't care if he's not scoring if we are winning games.'