Tubbs and Taylor blow Luton away

Conor Chaplin. Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey reserves held to stalemate against Foxes

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Matt Tubbs and Ryan Taylor did the explosive damage to get Pompey back to winning ways today.

The pair grabbed a goal apiece to give the Blues a 2-0 win over Luton at Fratton Park.

It was a decent game of football played out amid a cracking atmosphere in front of a crowd of 17,419.

And it proved one of the brightest days of the campaign for the home side.

The only negative was seeing a concussed Paul Robinson taken off after clearing off the line with a suspected broken cheekbone.

It was a raucous Fratton before the game, with Luton well represented as they brought a following of more than 2,500.

Matt Tubbs put Pompey ahead after only three minutes Picture: Joe Pepler

Matt Tubbs put Pompey ahead after only three minutes Picture: Joe Pepler

But it was the home fans who were making all the noise when Pompey made the breakthrough after three minutes.

Jed Wallace supplied the ammunition from the right for Tubbs to emphatically finish.

There was a carbon copy of that attack 12 minutes later but this time the ball hit Tubbs’ heels.

Both sides were playing decent football but Luton were struggling to carve out decent openings.

Mark Cullen did head over just before the break – that was after a Paul Jones clearance ricocheted wide after hitting Cameron McGeehan.

The second half started with the visiting side having the pressure but Pompey holding firm.

Wallace then cracked the post from 30 yards out near the hour mark minutes.

But moments later Taylor got the second as he rifled home from six yards after Wallace’s cross hit Tubbs.

Robinson was replaced after a brave clearance off the line left him concussed.

And Dan Butler did likewise as Pompey held out comfortably through six minutes of stoppage-time.