MATT TUBBS has targeted a strong finish to the League Two campaign to give Pompey a springboard for next season.
Most Blues fans feel the club’s hopes of reaching the play-offs ended after last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at AFC Wimbledon.
But the former Bournemouth striker believes that is no excuse for the players to ease back on their efforts over the remaining eight games, starting with Shrewsbury tomorrow.
Tubbs said: ‘We are going into these last eight games with a positive attitude.
‘We haven’t got much to lose now but we want to finish as strongly as possible.
‘You never know what can happen if we get the results and a bit of luck goes our way.
A good finish to this season can be massive for us to take into next seasonMatt Tubbs
‘What will be, will be.
‘But I think a good finish to this season can be massive for us to take into next season.
‘If you finish strongly, other teams will see that and it gives everyone a bit more optimism.
‘Even if we fall short of the play-offs, we can show that we’ve had a strong second half of the season and improved on where we were a few months ago.
‘So we will fight for every lost cause and push ourselves to the limits.
‘We will get our break and then we will be ready to go again.’
The 30-year-old has settled in well at Fratton Park since his January move, scoring six goals and has formed a prolific partnership with Ryan Taylor.
The duo have scored 12 goals in 11 games between them but drew a blank last weekend as Tubbs went back to his former stomping ground at Kingsmeadow.
And he admitted that it had been an unhappy return – mainly for the result – but shrugged off the fact that he was the subject of boos from Dons fans.
‘I was there for six months and they wanted me to stay,’ said Tubbs.
‘I had a feeling I wasn’t going to get a great reception when I went back and I feared the worst.
‘I think it’s just a modern thing.
‘When a player leaves for a rival club, that tends to happen.
‘Some fans might not look at the whole picture.
‘I scored 15 goals, played a part in the FA Cup run and played against Liverpool.
‘It was a bit disheartening but I won’t let something like that get to me.
‘The game was very frustrating. They got the early goal and it was always going to be tough after that.
‘When Wimbledon get their noses in front, they are a hard team to break down.
‘But now we need to bounce back against Shrewsbury.’
– STEVE WILSON