Life’s a ball for hard-working Tubbs

Matt Tubbs with the match ball. Picture: Joe Pepler
Matt Tubbs with the match ball. Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey departed the Abbey Stadium with three points, while Matt Tubbs left clutching a signed match ball.

A thumping 6-2 victory, while also a deserved outcome for the hard-working striking arrival from AFC Bournemouth last month.

Tubbs’ endeavours have delighted Awford during his opening seven matches for the Blues.

Then came the trip to Cambridge which marked a maiden Football League hat-trick for the prolific goal-getter.

And in Andy Awford’s eyes, the 30-year-old continues to impress with his all-round game.

He said: ‘We have Ryan Taylor, Matt Tubbs and Jed Wallace as a goal threat with the other lads giving them the service and they clicked on Saturday.

‘Tubbs has been fantastic, he is a great pro, comes in, does his work and plays with a smile on his face.

‘He works terrifically hard and I think he has been a major threat in all the games he has played.

‘Against Cambridge he got the goals to go with it.

‘You know what you get with Matt. He works very hard.

‘But you don’t play for Pompey unless you work hard, it is part of the deal.

‘At the end of the game he got the match ball under his arm, everyone signed it and he deserved that.’

Jed Wallace – with goal number 14 this season – Paul Robinson and Ryan Taylor also netted in the eye-catching hammering of Richard Money’s side.

At the other end, a run of 304 minutes without conceding was ended when ex-Pompey loanee Nathaniel Mendez-Laing netted in the 22nd minute.

It also represented the first goal the Blues have conceded since youngster Josh Passley arrived at the club on loan at Fulham.

The right-back’s spell is scheduled to end after tomorrow night’s visit of Tranmere Rovers for what will be his sixth appearance for the club.

And Awford will address his future once the Fratton Park fixture against Micky Adams’ side is out of the way.

Pompey’s boss added: ‘We will speak to Fulham after tomorrow. I don’t want it clouding anybody’s judgement or performances.

‘He is here until Wednesday, we will get the game out of the way and then address it.

‘You can see the impact he has had. We are unbeaten with Josh Passley in the team and he did very well again on Saturday, as they all did.

‘The right wing-back role suits him.

‘He and Dan Butler have good legs to get up and down the pitch to play that position and he has settled in nicely.’