Brett Pitman warns AFC Bournemouth not to take Portsmouth for granted
AFC Bournemouth striker Brett Pitman has urged the Cherries not to take struggling Portsmouth FC for granted when the sides clash on Saturday.
Pompey have struggled on and off the field, having dropped from The Premier League to League One after enduring financial problems.
Pitman knows all about playing for a side with money troubles. The striker played a pivotal role in Bournemouth's escape from relegation in 2009 after being docked 17 points for entering administration.
Although Portsmouth have not won in their last eight games, the 25-year-old is warning his teammates not to be complacent.
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"You cannot write them off, it will be another tough game" said Pitman.
"We know from our time before here, that when you're in administration, or close to the bottom of the league and you only have 13 or 14 players you become closer as a group, and obviously that helps build team spirit.
"I know they haven't won for a while but like we have seen with results recently in the league anyone can beat anyone so we have to be right on top of our game."
Today, Portsmouth's administrators received a bid for the club from a consortium, led by former Football League chairman Keith Harris.
Portsmouth are still eight points from safety in League One, while the Cherries sit in fourth place ahead of Saturday's clash at The Goldsands Stadium.