Tubbs bags hat-trick as Pompey run riot

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Pompey served up one of their finest-ever away results today with a 6-2 demolition of Cambridge.

It was an afternoon to savour for the Blues faithful as Matt Tubbs smashed in a hat-trick at the Abbey Stadium.

Jed Wallace puts Pompey ahead on two minutes Picture: Joe Pepler

Jed Wallace puts Pompey ahead on two minutes Picture: Joe Pepler

Jed Wallace, Paul Robinson and Ryan Taylor got the others as Andy Awford’s men doubled their away goal tally in the league in the space of 82 minutes.

Wallace was at the heart of five of the six goals as Tubbs continues his amazing record against the U’s - with nine goals in eight games against them.

It’s also the first time Pompey have scored six away from home since the 6-3 success at Leyton Orient in 1963.

It took Pompey just two minutes to make the breakthrough with a classy finish from Wallace, as he drove down the left and fired home.

The home side levelled after 22 minutes when Jordan Slew fed the ball inside Joe Devera and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing fired inside the post.

The reply was instant as Wallace turned provider to tee up Tubbs to ruthlessly fire home.

Then Paul Robinson showed a poacher’s instinct to fire home the loose ball from Wallace’s shot in the 33rd minute, after Dunn parried.

Pompey fans were in dreamland in stoppage time as Wallace delivered a beauty of a cross for Tubbs to clinically head home.

The home side reduced the arrears after 55 minutes when Robbie Simpson headed home Greg Taylor’s cross

Then Simpson headed off the bar from a corner as the U’s pushed.

But the Blues Taylor settled any nerves in the 74th minute when he poked pass Chris Dunn after poor U’s defending.

And there was disbelief as Tubbs completed his hat-trick and made it six from Taylor’s cross with six minutes left.