AFC Bournemouth striker Brett Pitman is aiming to climb the clubs all time leading scorer charts after scoring his 100th career goal against Middlesbrough.
Pitman scored his 99th and 100th career goals during the opening 12 minutes of the game at the Riverside after the Cherries had been awarded two penalties kicks inside the opening 12 minutes.
The Cherries went on to draw the game 3-3, with Pitman celebrating the personal milestone of replacing Dickie Dowsett as the club’s fifth highest league goalscorer.
Pitman told the Daily Echo…
‘…when a team goes 2-0 down so early, they tend to become a bit looser and chase the game. Boro did that and it caused us a lot of problems because, all of a sudden, their wingers and midfielders weren`t tracking back.
“We showed great character to come back from 3-2 down and it showed we had learned from other away games this season. Maybe at Huddersfield and Watford when we went down, we stayed down but the start and end were probably our best spells against Boro.”
Pitman has scored 80 goals for the Cherries, with his other 20 league goals coming during his time at Bristol City.
Since his return to Dean Court 10 months ago, Pitman has scored 22 league goals in 34 appearances (5 sub appearances), prior to his move away in 2010, Pitman had scored 59 league goals in 173 appearances (70 substitute appearances).
His goal scoring record under manager Eddie Howe is even more impressive.
During the Greatest Escape season, Howe took over the Cherries on New Years Day 2009. Pitman who had scored just four times during the first half of the season, scored 13 goals in 21 appearances to help the side avoid relegation from the Football League following the 17 point deduction.
The following season, Pitman’s 26 goals in 46 appearances helped the Cherries win promotion from League One. Where he made just 3 more appearances, scoring another 3 goals before making his move to Ashton Gate.
His full record under Howe reads; 104 league appearances and 64 goals, across League Two, League One and the Championship.
His next target is James Hayter who scored 94 goals for the club, whilst record appearance making Steve Fletcher scored 103 goals for the Cherries.
“It is great to have become the club`s fifth all-time leading goalscoring. I am going to be here for a while yet so, hopefully, I can try to catch the others. It would certainly be nice to catch Fletch – maybe by Christmas!”
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