HIT­MAN BRETT IS THE PICK OF THE CHER­RIES

SHREWS­BURY ..0 BOURNEMOUTH 3 Club record for Howe as Pit­man stars again

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Dan Machin

BRETT Pit­man was the star of the show as Bournemouth equalled a club record of seven wins in a row, and man­ager Ed­die Howe says he’s run­ning out of words to de­scribe the in-form striker.

The Cher­ries hit­man was a thorn in Shrews­bury’s side all af­ter­noon, bag­ging a dou­ble to take his goal tally to 18.

Pit­man, who was re­cently named League One Player of the Month for March, led from the front as Bournemouth dom­i­nated from start to fin­ish.

The striker calmly put the vis­i­tors ahead from the penalty spot in­side five min­utes be­fore fir­ing a su­perb sec­ond just af­ter the restart. An own goal from Jer­maine Gran­di­son com­pounded Shrews­bury’s mis­ery.

And Bournemouth boss Howe re­served spe­cial praise for Pit­man.

“The early goal def­i­nitely helped us but when you’ve got a striker in the form of Brett Pit­man it cer­tainly makes it eas­ier,” he said.

“Some of his fin­ish­ing is of the high­est qual­ity, but his all­round game was good. For me that is just as im­por­tant as the goals.

“Brett would be the first to ac­knowl­edge that it’s a team game and he wouldn’t score the goals with­out the team around him.

“I see a steely de­ter­mi­na­tion in the group, no flam­boy­ance or big ges­tures. The play­ers are des­per­ate to achieve success for this foot­ball club and des­per­ate to win games.

“We know there are a lot of teams snap­ping at our heels and that’s keep­ing us very much in the moment and con­cen­trat­ing on next week.”

Pit­man gave Bournemouth the per­fect start af­ter Marc Pugh was brought down in the area by Jon Tay­lor.

Matt Richards in­stantly had a chance to level mat­ters but his header lacked the power to beat Ryan All­sop.

Pit­man missed a glo­ri­ous op­por­tu­nity to make it two just be­fore the half-hour mark but he soon made amends af­ter the break, curl­ing an unstoppable ef­fort from 20-yards into the top cor­ner to make it eight goals in seven.

Min­utes ear­lier Steve Cook cleared a header from Richards off the line.

Bournemouth added a third when Pit­man’s header from a cor­ner was turned into his own net by the un­for­tu­nate Gran­di­son, and Gra­ham Turner ad­mit­ted his side weren’t at the races.

“It was dif­fi­cult to watch,” he said.“They’re near the top of the ta­ble for a rea­son and we’re near the bot­tom for a rea­son. We were poor to­day and never got a spring­board to go from. The only way we could get a re­sult was by out­work­ing them but we didn’t do that.

“We were sec­ond best in ev­ery de­part­ment but we didn’t help our­selves with the penalty and the goal right af­ter half-time.

“We’ve come up against a very well or­gan­ised side. I’ve got no com­plaints about any­thing.

“We’ve got three mas­sive games left and we need one win from those games. We have to re­group, hold our hands up and be ready for next Satur­day.”

BRETT PITMA

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