Pitman handed recall for Pompey landmark

Brett Pitman is to make his 50th Pompey appearance after returning to the starting line-up.

Saturday, 29th September 2018, 2:25 pm
Updated Saturday, 29th September 2018, 3:34 pm
Brett Pitman returns to Pompey's starting line-up at Rochdale. Picture: Joe Pepler

The striker has replaced Oli Hawkins for this afternoon's trip to Rochdale as the Blues seek to extend their nine-match unbeaten league run.

It represents Pitman's first league start since the opening match against Luton at Fratton Park.

The Spotland outing also marks a half century of appearances, which 28 goals ahead of the match.

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Pitman is one of two changes implemented by Kenny Jackett, with Jack Whatmough also recalled to the side.

He replaces Christian Burgess, who joins Hawkins on the bench.

Pompey: Craig MacGillivray, Nathan Thompson, Jack Whatmough, Matt Clarke, Lee Brown, Tom Naylor, Ben Close, Jamal Lowe, Gareth Evans, Ronan Curtis, Brett Pitman.

Subs: Luke McGee, Christian Burgess, Oli Hawkins, Ben Thompson, Joe Mason, David Wheeler, Brandon Haunstrup.