Pitman back for Pompey in Oldham clash

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Brett Pitman has been restored to Pompey's attack upon his return from injury.

The Blues' 15-goal striker had been sidelined for three matches with a hamstring problem.

But he is in Kenny Jackett's side at a bitter Boundary Park this afternoon.

Pitman is one of two changes to the team which suffered defeat against Gillingham last weekend.

Christian Burgess is omitted in favour of a 4-2-3-1, dropping to the bench along with Sylvain Deslandes.

Instead, Brandon Haunstrup is granted a maiden start in 2018, coming in at left-back, with the system seeing Pitman effectively replacing Burgess in the starting XI.

That means Jack Whatmough forming a central defensive partnership with Matt Clarke, who has relinquished the captaincy to Pitman.

Pompey: McGee, Walkes, Whatmough, Clarke, Haunstrup, Close, Donohoue, Lowe, Ronan, Naismith, Pitman.

Subs: Bass, Burgess, Kennedy, Chaplin, Deslandes, May, Widdrington.