Jackett: Refreshed Portsmouth striker can deliver what I want
A rejuvenated Brett Pitman has been backed to be central to Pompey's success this season.
Kenny Jackett has no doubtÂ his arch poacher can provide the link-up play he's demanding from his strikers.
Pitman is set to continue at Coventry after impressing with a man-of-the-match display at Rochdale on Saturday.
The 30-year-old scored one goal and made another on his first league outing for eight weeks at Spotland.
Jackett feels the striker has offered a freshness coming back into his starting XI.
And the Blues boss has challenged his skipper to maintain the standards he's set.
Jackett said: '˜Brett's been out of the side and shown a good response to not playing as much as last season so far.
'˜I do think we've benefitted from that freshness as well.
'˜The bit he does bring is goalscoring and it's terrific. Don't underestimate that.
'˜I don't underestimate that but I also know unless your centre-forward gets hold of the ball you aren't going to get up and around the box enough times for him to score.
'˜Many goalscorers are in the same situation. If you get the ball in the box enough they will score. That's 100 per cent the case.
'˜Similarly, there's a process to getting the ball into the final third. There's a process to getting into the opposition's box with quality.
'˜That does result in players needing to be good enough to move us up the pitch on a regular basis.
'˜He's on good form and set some good standards.
'˜As ever, when you're striker like Brett, your confidence comes from goalscoring.'
Jackett has been demanding more from Pitman's all-round game this season, and feels that he showed at Rochdale he can contribute plenty to his side's general play.
He added: '˜He played well and it was a key second goal, which was very well taken.
'˜You can't underestimate that, but, overall his build-up play was good.
'˜That's something he has to keep doing.
'˜When he does contribute we look a better side.
'˜He has the ability to get hold of the ball and bring people into the game.
'˜A platform, with the way we play, is needed.
'˜Whether it's Oli Hawkins or Brett, with their back to goal they do need win headers, get hold of the ball and make it stick.
'˜They need to make sure they can be the start of our constructive moves.
'˜Generally when we get the ball into him with quality we can attack with pace and get behind sides. We have that ability.
'˜On Saturday, I was pleased with his overall contribution. He won headers brought people into the game and got hold of the ball.
'˜He wasn't trying any flicks, wasn't loose with possession and got across his defender.
'˜In the system we play it's vital our centre-forward does that.'