2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Brett Pitman (46', 90'+2')
  • Jamal Lowe (81')
  • Keith Keane (21')

Brett Pitman's debut brace sees Portsmouth start Eisner era with Rochdale win

New Portsmouth owner Michael Eisner was in the stands to watch his side get off to a dream start after beating 10-man Rochdale 2-0 at Fratton Park.
The visitors started brightly and their first chance fell to Oliver Rathbone, who tried his luck from outside the area but saw his effort sail over the bar.
Rochdale's Keith Keane was given a straight red card by referee Lee Probert in the 21st minute after fouling Conor Chaplin when the striker ran through on goal.
The home side made the extra man count in the 46th minute when Pitman dribbled his way into the area and had two shots blocked before eventually curling it past Josh Lillis into the bottom corner.
Probert dished out another straight red card in the 81st minute, this time sending off Pompey's Jamal Lowe for a high challenge on Jamie Allen.
However, Pitman headed in his second goal of the match in the 92nd minute to secure victory for the home side after he was picked out by Gareth Evans.