Wallace praise for Pompey hitman

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

Pompey boss points to lack of cutting edge

  • Tubbs and Taylor strikeforce has scored eight goals in 10 starts
  • But striker without a goal in four matches
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Jed Wallace is adamant ‘classy’ Matt Tubbs will continue to thrive for the Blues.

And the midfielder believes his team-mate will beat him in the scoring charts this season.

Tubbsy is a proven goalscorer, his goal record speaks for itself at this level, everyone knows that.

Jed Wallace

Tubbs has gone four games without netting following his superb hat-trick in the 6-2 hammering of Cambridge.

Regardless, his partnership with Ryan Taylor continues to flourish – with eight goals in 10 starts as a Pompey strikeforce.

Tubbs has also weighed in with three assists during his 12 appearances since signing from Bournemouth, scoring four times.

Luton visit Fratton Park tomorrow seeking a victory to boost fading hopes of a play-off challenge.

And Wallace has been impressed with the ongoing contribution of Pompey’s January arrival.

He said: ‘Tubbsy is class, that’s for sure.

‘The boy can finish and it is up to me to get him more chances to score goals.

‘He is someone I have enjoyed playing with, I think we have linked up quite well at times.

‘Tubbsy is a proven goalscorer, his goal record speaks for itself at this level, everyone knows that.

‘He plays on the shoulder and I think sometimes we haven’t really had that.

‘We’ve had a little too much to feet and haven’t stretched teams enough but he is definitely going to do that.

‘You know he is going to be on the shoulder of the defence so if you can play it over the top to him then it is happy days.

‘You will look back on 50 games for this club when he gets there and he will have scored goals consistently.

‘When someone like that comes in with a goal record like that at this level and having scored against us as well, you say “Good we need him”.

‘It has given the whole changing room a little boost, definitely, and I’m looking forward to him outscoring me for years to come!’

Tubbs is second in the League Two scoring charts with 16 goals, trailing Marc Richards by one.

However, the 17-goal Northampton striker could be out for the remainder of the season having suffered a tear in his Achilles tendon. Meanwhile, Plymouth’s Reuben Reid – a one-time target for the Blues – has 15 strikes to his name.

Wallace has amassed 11 in the league – level with three others, including the Hatters’ Mark Cullen who will be at Fratton Park tomorrow.

Overall, the Pompey midfielder has 14 but fears his team-mate will end the campaign ahead of him.

He joked: ‘Before he came I was looking in the paper every week to make sure he wasn’t scoring and trying to stay ahead of him.

‘But it is a lost cause in the end!

‘He has scored the goals throughout his career and missing chances never bothers him.’