Awford: Don’t panic about Tubbs

Matt Tubbs was taken off with a knock last night. Picture: Joe Pepler
Matt Tubbs was taken off with a knock last night. Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey have allayed injury fears over Matt Tubbs.

The striker limped out of the action in the 87th minute of last night’s goalless draw at Dagenham & Redbridge.

Craig Westcarr replaced the 30-year-old as the Blues made it three matches unbeaten, keeping a hat-trick of clean sheets in the process.

Afterwards Awford revealed Tubbs took a kick to the ankle rather than anything more severe.

And Pompey’s boss is confident the striker will be ready for the visit of Exeter at the weekend.

Awford said: ‘Don’t worry, Matt is fine.

‘I was just about to bring him off anyway when he got a little bit of a whack to the ankle.

‘It’s a bang, not a twist, and it will just be a case of being fine for the weekend against Exeter.

‘I think he had run himself into the ground up until that point, so I was looking to take him off.

‘Matt worked so hard on Saturday, getting a good goal in that game, then he ran his socks off last night.

‘You can’t grumble at that, he was just shot.’

Tubbs has netted once in five appearances since joining on a free transfer last month.

Pompey are already without Paul McCallum for another four matches following his dismissal against Southend United.

With Patrick Agyemang out of favour, the other striking alternatives are Ryan Taylor, Craig Westcarr and rookie Conor Chaplin.

Yet the Blues believe 
Tubbs will be fit to line up against the Grecians at Fratton Park.

That will be a relief for the Fratton faithful, who have taken the hard-working Tubbs to their hearts.