Tubbs certain the goals will come

Matt Tubbs. Picture: Joe Pepler
Matt Tubbs. Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey boss Kenny Jackett. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Matt Tubbs insists he will not let his missed opportunities at Wycombe worry him.

The Blues striker had two golden chances to break his duck for his new club in the 0-0 draw with the League Two leaders.

But despite failing to take either one-on-one chance in his fourth outing for the club, the 30-year-old has already put it out of his mind.

Tubbs, who has scored 12 league goals for AFC Wimbledon this term, said: ‘If a player scored every single chance that they get, they would be playing at the top level.

‘Even those guys miss some.

‘I am going to miss chances and I know that.

‘But as a striker, you need to be mentally strong enough to go out there again and be ready to put the next one away.

‘You can’t go thinking about it for the whole of the next week and think “I wish I’d have scored”.

‘It doesn’t work like that.

‘There is no point in getting down about it or thinking I should have that first goal.

‘There is nothing I can do about that now.

‘So it doesn’t start getting into my head at all. I don’t bother thinking about it.

‘I’m a confident lad and I have scored goals wherever I have been.

‘I know it’s going to come because the players in this team will create chances for me. It will happen sooner rather than later.

‘I have gone 10 or 11 games without a goal and then you have that streak when you get one and everything seems to be going for you.’

Tubbs has an impressive goalscoring pedigree from his spells with Crawley, Bournemouth and the Dons.

But he wouldn’t be human if he wasn’t keen to get off the mark as quickly as possible after his move to Fratton Park.

But he showed enough in the first 45 minutes at Adams Park to suggest he will score plenty more goals at this level.

He said: ‘I backed myself to score both of those chances.

‘I have scored a lot of one-on-ones throughout my career.

‘For the first one, I think Jed (Wallace) played it through and my touch took me wide,

‘I was in two minds to play it with my knee or go with my foot. I went with my knee and it pushed me a little bit wide and narrowed my angle so the defender got the block in.

‘But the second one was probably the best chance of the game and I’ve seen a lot of them hit the back of the net in my career.

‘I was trying to go across the keeper, but he stayed up and made a good save.

‘I also had the volley where it actually hit the defender’s hand. He said to me afterwards “I was lucky there”.

‘On another day, I would have the match ball.

‘I’m frustrated in myself and it bugged me for the next few hours.

‘But I’d rather miss chances than go through 90 minutes without getting a sniff at goal.

‘I’ll keep working hard and will do my best to take the next one.’