Striker continues to torment Cambridge
Some members of the media wrote that Matt Tubbs had scored a hat-trick.
But the striker was not clutching the matchball when he emerged from the tunnel to speak to the press after Pompey’s 3-1 win at Cambridge.
The first of that trio for the Blues was actually the result of Leon Legge turning Gareth Evans’ cross into his own net.
But the other two definitely belonged to Tubbs, who was delighted to continue his impressive scoring record against United.
“It was an own-goal,” he admitted “Their defender – unfortunately for him – sliced the ball into the back of his own net.
“The second was a great counter-attack and Gary Roberts has seen me out of the corner of his eye before putting the ball on a plate for me.
“Thankfully I was in the right place at the right time and was just pleased to see it end up in the back of the net.
“That’s 11 in nine games for me against Cambridge and eight in four at this ground – I seem to enjoy playing against them.”
Pompey had to battle from behind after referee Sebastian Stockbridge had ignored his assistant’s flag and allowed Robbie Simpson’s early strike to stand.
Cambridge skipper Mark Roberts was then dismissed following a half-time scuffle before the Blues fought back to secure victory.
Tubbs said: “Sometimes it’s tough to play against 10 men when they sit deep, but we have players who can unlock a defence with one pass.
“Everyone in the ground saw the linesman put his flag up for their goal, although you should always play to the whistle.
“It wasn’t easy by any stretch of the imagination, but the lads dug in and it’s always good to take three points away from home.”
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