Pitman - playing under the lights is always special

Brett Pitman comes on for Daryl Murphy during the Ipswich Town V Leeds United (Championship) match a

Brett Pitman comes on for Daryl Murphy during the Ipswich Town V Leeds United (Championship) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 12 January 2016. Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

“Maybe we should play all our home games on Tuesday nights”.

That was the opinion of striker Brett Pitman, after he was told his 90th-minute winner against Leeds had secured the Blues a remarkable 15th-straight home win on a Tuesday.

The forward stooped to head home Ryan Fraser’s cross in stoppage time to earn the Blues a 2-1 win, extending a run which dates back to February 2013 when Watford were the last side to claim any points at Portman Road on a Tuesday.

Pitman admitted the special atmosphere generated at evening games was something most players find special, before jokingly suggesting the Blues should consider a permanent switch.

“I think if you ask the majority of players, playing under the lights and night games always feel that bit more special,” he said.

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“I don’t know why, but games like that feel like a better atmosphere under the lights, which helps you maybe, and if you have a record like that we can hopefully have a few more.

“Maybe we should play all of our home games on a Tuesday!

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“Draws don’t really do anything for you in this league, you need wins, and to string a few together.

“That’s three wins out of four now, and if you add a good point at Burnley then that’s a very good set of games for us.”

The Blues’ winner came from a pinpoint Ryan Fraser cross, with Pitman full of praise for the Bournemouth loanee, who he believes will force his way into Cherries manager Eddie Howe’s plans sooner or later.

He said: “He (Fraser) is a good player and I know what he can do from playing with him before (at Bournemouth), but he didn’t get as many chances as he could have last year. He’s been brilliant since he’s been here, he provides a real threat for us and to be fair he works so hard defensively.

“People probably don’t notice that as much but he’s obviously a very good player with a very, very big future.

“Knowing the manager, (Eddie Howe) he’s very keen on him and he likes him so I think next year he will be involved with Bournemouth I would imagine.”

Pitman hasn’t started a league game for the Blues since the Boxing Day victory over QPR, but is hoping his timely winner will give Mick McCarthy a selection headache ahead of Saturday’s clash with Preston.

He said: “Nobody wants to be on the bench but it’s a squad game, so hopefully I’ve come off the bench and given the gaffer a headache for Saturday.

“We’ll see what he does.”

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