Monday, 18 March 2013

Pitman's form is a real boost for AFCB

When Brett Pitman left the Cherries in August 2010 there were a lot of supporters who wished him well at Championship Brsitol City, while many more were sad to see him leave AFCB. He had helped propel the Cherries to League One and was ready for a new challenge at an even higher level. While it did not work out for him at Bristol City, only scoring three league goals and all as sub, he gained valuable experience from which the cherries are now reaping the rewards.

I had not seen a great deal of change in Pitman's play since returning to the Cherries until the last few games when his work rate has virtually doubled. He has always been a good finisher in and around the box but he has added to his game by getting more involved, finding space and working harder for the team.
He made the finish against Oldham look very simple even though he was under pressure and from the penalty spot he has shown his cool head in recent games against Stevenage and Crewe especially, where he scored five goals in two games - three from the spot and two from open play.

The volley he put away against Leyton Orient this month was not hurried or belted but calmly controlled into the far corner of the net, giving the keeper no chance. His quickly taken free kick against Crawley at home in December was also inspirational and but for the cross bar some of his headers might have added to his goal tally which has now crept up to 12 in the current campaign.

It seems strange that AFCB can't get all their strikers scoring at the same time, but as long as one of them is having a lucrative spell in front of goal the promotion push should result in a high final league position. Perhaps then Brett can have another go at Championship football with AFCB.

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