Brett Pitman praised for confident return by Eddie Howe
AFC Bournemouth striker Brett Pitman has been praised by Cherries manager Eddie Howe for the confidence he has shown since making his return.
The 24-year-old scored hat-trick in Bournemouth's 3-0 win over Crewe Alexandra on Saturday -with two penalties, and will continue to take spot kicks for the Cherries this season.
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is spoilt for choice when it comes to strikers, but has reassured Pitman he will carry on the responsibility from the spot.
"There has been a big thing made of who is taking the penalties" explain Pitman, speaking to the club's official website.
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"The manager said to me that when I'm on the pitch, I'll be taking them."
Pitman returned to the Cherries from Bristol City earlier this month, and has quickly settled back into life at The Goldsands Stadium.
"If I'm scoring goals like that regularly, it means that we will have a good chance of winning games" added Pitman.
"It was great for me to score at hat-trick, but the important thing was the win and pushing up the league.
"If I don't score and we win, then that's fine by me, as long as we are winning."
Howe admitted that the two penalties awarded on Saturday were fortunate, but praised Pitman for taking confidence from his hat-trick.
"I thought both penalties were contentious" said Howe.
"I though the first one could have gone either way, and the second one looked more likely. There was not a lot in them.
"Brett had the benefit from us gaining the penalties and I'm delighted for him to get the hat-trick and he has done well since his return.
"He has scored a good number of goals and I think there is more to come from him."