Pitman handed recall for Pompey landmark

Brett Pitman - Responded to recall superbly - 9
Brett Pitman - Responded to recall superbly - 9
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Brett Pitman is to make his 50th Pompey appearance after returning to the starting line-up.

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.

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.