Hat-trick hero continues his impressive record
Matt Tubbs certainly likes playing Cambridge.
A hat-trick in Pompey’s 6-2 rout at the Abbey Stadium took his tally against United to nine goals in eight games.
Jed Wallace, Paul Robinson and Ryan Taylor were also on target as the Blues recorded their second away league victory of the season.
And Tubbs believes that their dominant display can be the catalyst for plenty more victories.
The striker said: “I wasn’t aware of my record here until a few days ago, but I was pleased that I could carry that on.
“Results like that don’t come around to often and it’s great to dominate so much away from home.
“To score six on your travels is unbelievable at any level and we looked like netting every time we went forward.
“I can’t remember too many shots that we missed or their keeper saved, so we took our chances when they came along.
“We’ve been knocking on the door in the last few games and I said recently that it was only a matter of time before a few started going in.
“The result – and the way we got it – means we’ll go into Tuesday’s game against Tranmere full of confidence.”
Tubbs was quick to share the praise – highlighting the performance of Wallace, who scored one and provided four assists.
He said: “Jed had a fantastic game and showed once again why he’s such an important player for this club.
“He scored the first one in the opening couple of minutes and then set up most of those that followed.
“Without him in the team we wouldn’t be as much as a threat, so he deserves a lot of credit.
“Ryan was brilliant as well. There are little things he does that go unnoticed, but he got his goal and then set me up for the last one.
“But the whole team deserve a lot of credit. Paul Jones made one of the best saves I’ve ever seen when it was 3-1 and if that went in it might have been a different story.”
Tubbs had the matchball stowed safely in his bag as he departed the ground and will make sure he takes better care of his hat-trick memento than on previous occasions.
He said: “When I was single and living in my bachelor pad with some mates, there was a river next to us.
“We were playing headers and volleys in the back garden and two of the balls ended up sailing down it!”