Pitman dampens Seasiders’ optimism
AT THE end of what has been a momentous week for Blackpool off the field, with the news that their unpopular owners the Oyston family have put the club up for sale, Portsmouth arrived to subdue the renewed hope at Bloomfield Road.
Brett Pitman struck twice to end Pompey’s run of three straight league defeats as four goals arrived in the final 16 minutes of a dramatic encounter in Lancashire.
Blackpool twice equalised through Viv Solomon-Otabor and an Ollie Hawkins own goal, with Ben Close also striking for Pompey as the Seasiders slipped to a third straight defeat in League One.
“The manner of the goals we’ve conceded is very disappointing,” said Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer.
“The disappointing thing is that we’ve had to work really hard for our goals and they haven’t had to.
“We’ve lost two on the bounce at home and conceded three goals in each – three not very good goals as well. Guess what the topic of training next week is!
“It’s all about our character now, which we know is good. We have to try and put a stop to this run and that starts on Monday.”
Meanwhile, Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett was understandably delighted post-match.
“It’s a big win and a big week for us,” he said.
“We got key goals at key moments. It was end-to-end, we went toeto-toe, and we were the ones that got the winning goal.
“We always have attacking intent and it’s gone for us because we are the ones who’ve got that winning goal at the death.
“Three points are a big thing and we have to keep taking the game to teams and attacking.”
All the action came in the second half, with Portsmouth going ahead on 52 minutes when Jamal Lowe’s deflected shot was well-saved by Ryan Allsop but the ball dropped to Pitman, who slotted into the empty net.
Blackpool substitute Dolly Menga, making his debut, then picked out an inch-perfect cross for Solomon-Otabor to draw the Seasiders level from four yards.
But their lead lasted just six minutes. Keeper Allsop made a superb save to deny Pitman, but the ball broke to Close, who stroked in expertly from 12 yards.
On 82 minutes, the Seasiders equalised for a second time when Hawkins headed into his own net.
But Portsmouth grabbed their winner when Pitman was left unmarked at the far post and nodded home.
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