Kitson out to get what’s owed to Blues

Dave Kitson goes in where it hurts when scoring in Pompey's
Dave Kitson goes in where it hurts when scoring in Pompey's

It was a Portman Road performance which warranted a return.

Even Tractor Boys boss Paul Jewell admitted his team were a clear second best to an energised Pompey after the 1-0 defeat on Tuesday.

Now Dave Kitson believes his team need to pick up the three points he feels was rightfully theirs during the week when Doncaster Rovers come to town tomorrow.

Doncaster’s arrival follows the appointment of Dean Saunders as manager.

That move, following the dismissal of Pompey managerial candidate Sean O’Driscoll, brought about an improvement in results, with two wins and a draw following.

A defeat against Leeds and a last-minute loss against Blackpool on Tuesday has tempered that development.

Kitson feels Pompey are carrying an impetus from their past two performances going into the clash at Fratton Park.

And that has to net them the maximum they should have had last time out.

He said: ‘People will look at Doncaster’s position and think we should beat them.

‘That will be enhanced by the performance at Ipswich.

‘I think there is a determination to get the three points on Saturday we should have got at Ipswich.

‘It’s three points in lieu, I think.

‘But we have to take the game on its merit.

‘We beat Rovers up there and they beat us down here last season.

‘They managed to score goals against us, so they have shown they were dangerous.

‘They are a passing team, but so were Ipswich.

‘The game on Tuesday gives us belief going into the match, though.’

The two meetings with Doncaster last season proved to be pretty tasty affairs, with Pompey finishing the game with 10 men on both occasions.

Carl Dickinson walked at Fratton Park after nearly chopping James Hayter in half with a ferocious lunge, while Jonathan Hogg was dismissed at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Kitson left the away game bloodied and battered as he grabbed the opener, but was clattered by defender Sam Hird.

Despite the friction in those two matches, the hitman, who returned to the starting line-up on Tuesday, reckons this clash will be all about the football.

Kitson said: ‘Doncaster can be, despite their passing, quite aggressive.

‘There is needle in some games. I don’t know why that comes about.

‘I don’t know why it was last season. It might be one tackle which sets it out.

‘It may be famous last words, but I don’t see it being like that this weekend.

‘They’ll come to play and the pitch is decent at Fratton Park

‘That will suit them to a certain extent, but if we perform like we did against Ipswich there is no reason why we shouldn’t win.’

The switch to a 4-4-2 formation against Barnsley last weekend has benefitted Pompey in the past two games.

The change in system was one of Steve Cotterill’s final acts as manager, with supporters clamouring for the move.

Kitson relished having Luke Varney alongside him on Tuesday, with the pair a constant menace.

Now it has to be more of the same tomorrow.

Kitson said: ‘We caused Ipswich all sorts of problems.

‘When you have someone up front with Luke’s pace and my ability to get on the ball and try to find him, along with balls from wide areas, you fancy yourselves to score a goal – if not two or three.

‘We certainly felt that was the case against Ipswich.

‘There was a change at Ipswich for a combination of reasons.

‘Emotion, the formation, the manager leaving and other things, too.

‘We nullified Ipswich with a hard-working performance. They looked shell-shocked and we should have done better than we did. Now we have to build on that performance.’