Pompey will improve - and so will I when I'm more than 75 per cent fit
By Site reporter
Thursday 16 Sep 2010 22:52:00
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Dave Kitson remains confident Pompey have the talent to transform their season – despite them taking only two points from their first six games.

And their aim of pushing on and climbing the table can only be helped when Kitson – who scored his first Blues goal at Crystal Palace – is 100 per cent. At the moment he reckons he’s only around 75 per cent.


Kitson revealed a pre-season spent apart from the Stoke first team squad left him behind others. He told The News: 'I've not had the best of pre-seasons. I didn't travel on Stoke's pre-season tour for a start – and that was difficult.

'It's a week everybody loathes but when you come back you are glad you do it. So to miss it is hard. You are playing catch-up and the only way to get it back is to play games, which is what I am doing at the moment.

'At Stoke, while the first team were away I just trained and trained and did manage to play a few games but it wasn't ideal. I am probably about 75 per cent at the moment.

'The training has been great here because there are little games to get sharp. But you need a base stamina and you only get that in games – everyone will tell you that. The more games you play, the fitter you get, the sharper you get. It will take as long as it takes but obviously the goal the other night puts on five per cent. But I'm definitely getting there.'

Kitson was disappointed to score only once at Selhurst, but has every belief more goals will follow and the team will climb up the Championship.

'I should have had a couple more (at Palace),’ he said. ‘I am annoyed with the header that hit Kanu and I am annoyed with the finish that I cut inside and hit a right-foot shot which whistled past the upright. I should have hit the target with that.

'At the weekend I should have scored, I should have scored two at Palace. No doubt I may score this weekend and if not I will always think I should have. Still, getting the goal at Palace was the one consolation for me from the game.

'It's nice to get that first goal early and not to have it dragging on. I have been in that situation before and there is nothing you can do about it. It gets harder and harder in each game. Still, I am optimistic about this season for the club.

'I know things are a bit dour at the moment but in the changing room there is a sense that it's just a matter of time before it changes.’

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