Pom­pey’s Tubbs to the res­cue for Andy

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Thomas Hannah

RE­LIEVED Andy Aw­ford praised the im­pact of Matt Tubbs af­ter the striker’s first goal for his new club earned Portsmouth a rare victory.

Tubbs’ close-range header on the hour mark sealed a first win in ten games for Pom­pey.

Af­ter three blanks in three games since mov­ing from Bournemouth, Tubbs eased the pres­sure on Aw­ford, set­tling a game that looked set to be goal­less.

“Matt has had chances in the three games he’s played pre­vi­ously, but doesn’t let any­thing ef­fect him,’’ re­flected Aw­ford.

“He’s a good striker and good strik­ers are like that. They keep at it. And he was in the right place at the right time to be there.

“He got across the near post ahead of his man to head in.’’

Af­ter an en­cour­ag­ing point at Wy­combe the pre­vi­ous week, a home game against the di­vi­sion’s bot­tom team was just what was needed for Pom­pey.

“It was all about the win – a very, solid pro­fes­sional per­for­mance,’’ added Aw­ford.

“We started well, an early chance and kept the pres­sure on.We prob­a­bly should have been ahead af­ter 15-20 min­utes, but the key for me was pa­tience.

“That was the mes­sage at half-time, take that ex­tra touch, ex­tra pass and stick with it.

“We were ac­tu­ally bet­ter last week at Wy­combe than we were here, but credit to ev­ery­one for stick­ing with it.’’

Amid a busy start from the home side, a Jed Wal­lace free-kick landed at the feet of de­fender Joe Devera and he prod­ded wide af­ter only 38 sec­onds.

Pom­pey kept up the pres­sure, but some fran­tic de­fend­ing from Pools kept them out, although keeper Scott Flinders was only trou­bled once, by a long-range Wal­lace free­kick.

At the other end, Paul Jones had his qui­etest game of the sea­son, never hav­ing his hands warmed all af­ter­noon.

The win­ning goal came when Ryan Tay­lor’s left­sided cross landed to­wards the near post and Tubbs got there first to head in. From then on, it was rou­tine for Pom­pey leav­ing Pools nine points short at the bot­tom of the ta­ble.

“It’s frus­trat­ing with the goal we con­ceded in a scrappy game with few chances for ei­ther side,’’ said Pools’ boss Ron­nie Moore.

“We weren’t as good as we have been of late.

“We al­lowed the ball to come into the box and Tubbs, the small­est on the pitch, gets across his man to head in.

“We have been de­cent de­fen­sively of late.We blocked well and got bod­ies in the way, but Scott Flinders hasn’t had saves to make.”


DS Portsm


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