Brett Pitman admitted he’s frustrated by his lack of game time at Portsmouth recently, as reported by the Portsmouth News.
The prolific striker netted the only goal of the game last night as Pompey beat League Two side Crawley in the EFL Trophy, but used the platform to send a strong message to manager Kenny Jackett.
“Of course it is (frustrating). The manager knows that,” he said of his lack of playing time this season.
“He’s been around long enough to know I’ll be frustrated, the same as other people. It’s a frustration not to play if you train all week and are fit and have no outlet to go and play.
“It’s frustrating and it’s difficult. I’d like to say I’ve got slightly better (at handling being left out), but I’m not sure I have if I’m being honest!”
Pitman joined Pompey in the summer of 2017 and has 39 goals in 88 outings, including 25 in his first season at the club.
He fell down the pecking order last season, ending up being dropped for Ollie Hawkins and latterly loan players Omar Bogle and James Vaughan. He confessed he felt like he wasn’t contributing when he’s not in the side.
“For me, it feels like you’re not contributing when you’re not playing, even when you come on for two or three minutes it feels like you’re contributing.”
Despite his negativity, he did bag the only goal of the game, something he didn’t feel his teammates would have been able to do.
“I’m not being big-headed, but I don’t think there’s that many players in our team who could score that goal, if I’m honest.”
The 31-year-old is currently in the final year of his contract at Fratton Park.
These are bold claims by the striker, saying nobody else in the Pompey team could score the goal he did last night. I’m sure £1m striker John Marquis would have something to say about that.
Pitman is clearly frustrated, but lashing out at his manager and teammates is not the way to get back in the side. Scoring the goal was a great start, but why not act with humility and be humble after the game?
It sounds like this will be the last season that he’s with Pompey, judging by his comments and his lack of selection. perhaps it is time for them both to move on.