SWINDON Town striker Brett Pitman said scoring against former club Portsmouth meant no more or no less to him than versus anyone else, and he was simply pleased to claim all three points.

Pitman scored 42 goals in 99 appearances at Fratton Park – though he infamously never bagged a hat-trick, consequently picking up the nickname Brett 'the Brace' Pitman from adoring Pompey fans.

The 33-year-old put two more goals past Craig MacGillivray in midweek as Town beat the play-off chasers 3-1 at the County Ground.

And despite an acrimonious end to his Portsmouth career – following a well-documented fall out with ex-manager Kenny Jackett – Pitman claimed his emotions after scoring twice and winning were no different than if he had achieved the same against any other team.

He said: “It’s always nice when you win and when you score.

“I had a great time at Portsmouth, and I really enjoyed it. It’s a great club with great fans, I really enjoyed my time there.

“It didn’t finish great, but that was nothing to do with the club or the fans, so I’ve got nothing but good words to say about Portsmouth.

“Tuesday wasn’t about me beating Portsmouth or being scoring against Portsmouth, it was about us winning.”

A priceless victory for Town began with a fine finish from the club’s number eight. Pitman received a pass from Jack Payne inside the right half of the box before shifting the ball from his left to his right and whipping a shot into the top-left corner of the net.

Pitman’s second goal was much more straight forward but equally well hit. After Tyler Smith was fouled in the area by Charlie Daniels, Pitman stepped up and powerfully curled his penalty to MacGillivray’s right to double Town’s lead.

It was an emphatic response from a man who had missed his previous penalty – a crucial failure against Oxford United back in February.

Reflecting on the volatility of penalty taking, Pitman said: “I’ve always said if I miss three in a row, I’ll stop taking penalties.

“Obviously, I missed against Oxford – that happens – but I knew I was due to take this one.

“Tyler wanted to take it, but luckily it got sorted out quickly as Tommy shouted from the bench that I was to take it – which I already knew – and I was relieved to see it go in.

“When you miss your last one, the next one always holds a little bit of extra pressure to score.”