Tubbs: New away preparation can reap more wins

Matt Tubbs scores from the penalty spot at Plymouth. Picture: Joe Pepler
Matt Tubbs scores from the penalty spot at Plymouth. Picture: Joe Pepler
  • Pompey won three of their 23 away league games last season
  • Only Blackpool had a worse record outside the Premier League, failing to win any

Matt Tubbs has backed Pompey’s new travel schedule to produce many more victories following their Home Park triumph.

The striker netted a first-half penalty and Gary Roberts also scored from the spot in Saturday’s 2-1 success at Plymouth Argyle.

Last term, outside the Premier League only Blackpool had a worse record than the Blues’ three away league wins.

It prompted Paul Cook to draw up a blueprint to combat the issue, involving his team travelling on Thursday night and training at Torquay on the Friday.

The outcome was a third successive win as Pompey continue to impress.

Tubbs said: ‘Plymouth showed last season they are a strong side and have kept the bulk of their team.

We are professionals at the end of the day, this is our job and what we get paid to do, what the manager says goes and we are buying into it

Matt Tubbs

‘We know it is a tough place to go but, with the players the manager has brought in put in a great performance.

‘We changed our travel plans for this and I don’t mind it, then you are not worrying about the traffic on a Friday, which can be bad.

‘We had a really light gym session on Friday morning, just to get the legs going, and then trained in the afternoon at Torquay.

‘It showed it worked on Saturday and with the three points I am sure we will be doing it again.

‘Last season the lads travelled on the Friday and we only won three league games away from home. The first time away from home doing the new routine we win – and I am sure it’s at the back of the manager’s mind to keep it up.

‘We are professionals at the end of the day, this is our job and what we get paid to do, what the manager says goes and we are buying into it.’

Tubbs had already been replaced by Jayden Stockley when Pompey got their second penalty of the afternoon in the 86th minute.

Won by Roberts, he stepped up to produce a smart finish as the Blues held on despite Gregg Wylde pulling one back.

Yet Tubbs insists he remains Pompey’s designated penalty taker,

He added: ‘The first penalty was the last kick before half-time and really knocked the wind out of their sails.

‘Whether it is from a set-piece or open play, I’m really happy to get off the mark and hopefully there will be a few more to come.

‘We had a meeting the other day and the manager asked who wanted penalties and I was the quickest to put my hand up.

‘Robbo showed as well he is a fantastic penalty taker when he scored the winner, but I think it is mine to give up at the minute.

‘As soon as I miss one – and hopefully I don’t – then Robbo will be on them.’

– NEIL ALLEN