HITMAN BRETT IS THE PICK OF THE CHERRIES
SHREWSBURY ..0 BOURNEMOUTH 3 Club record for Howe as Pitman stars again
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.”