Fans debate if Portsmouth striker should be handed starting spotÂ
Brett Pitman came off the bench toÂ stake another claim for a Pompey starting spot against Wycombe.Â
TheÂ skipper thought he'd snatchedÂ his side all three points with his 86th-minute header to give the Blues a 2-1 lead.Â
However, Joe Jacobson's penalty three minutes laterÂ quickly put paid to the celebrations, with the Chairboys collecting aÂ point.Â
Pitman's goal was his third of the season, despite falling behind Oli Hawkins in the pecking order up front.
The ex-AFC Bournemouth man hasn't started a league game since the opening-day victory against Luton.
However, he didÂ what he does best with his effortÂ against Wycombe.Â
With Hawkins only netting once this term, the Fratton faithful have been debating if Pitman should beÂ handed a starting berth at Rochdale this weekend.Â
Here's what they had to say on portsmouth.co.uk, Facebook page Portsmouth FC '“Â The News and our Pompey Twitter account @pompeylive...
Hawkins has improved his game 100% from last season. He looks stronger, more physical and can hold the ball better, however, he isn't scoring goals. Pitman has showed intent with 2 goals from the bench in recent weeks. Perhaps he's worth a start against Rochdale.
Johnny R G JonesÂ
Yes!!! Top scorer last season! With Lowe and others in the form they are in, delivering crosses like they're going out of fashion.... he has to start next gameÂ
Yes he does 100 per cent. Hawkins has to make way he has improved but still not good enough.
We need strikers to score goals and I'm afraid I don't believe Hawkins will get many.
It's a no brainer, we are playing with a 4-3-3 formation with 2 free scoring wide men flanking a dud in goal scoring terms. The hold up play and flick-ons contributed by Hawkins can equally be supplied by Pitman.
With Hawkins the centre backs get an easy ride as he presents no direct threat to goal. He is not physical enough, can't shoot, can't head the ball with power and/or direction has no desire to attack the ball but instead stands in one position and waits for the ball to come to him. In the box he is a bit like a rabbit caught in the headlights.
Defences don't man handle him in the box at set pieces as he is not a danger.
Taking individual scoring aside, you have to lookÂ at what is best for the team. You have to look at the attitude of each player, what they are actually contributing to the team as a whole, and which player is most likely going to bring 3 points come the final whistle.
Sure, Pitman will 'probably' score more than Hawkins (if he ups his game), but then you run the risk of the goals from midfield drying up. Are we likely to score more goals as a team with Hawkins, despite his lower number of individual goals? In my opinion, I think so. It's a shame that we can't find a system/formation to play both of them.
I think Hawkins has done well, he's especially useful for how we play particularly away from home, but maybe Pitman should get the nod at Fratton Park when the onus is on us to get goals. It's good to have a squad that doesn't pick itself.
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