Wilcox envious of Tubbs threat

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Russ Wilcox felt Matt Tubbs was the difference between the sides as his York City sealed a draw at Pompey.

The York boss singled out the Blues striker as the type of player his team needs in their efforts to improve for next season after the former Bournemouth man claimed the golden boot in League Two.

We need a Matt Tubbs and to find somebody who is going to get us 20 goals

Russ Wilcox

Wilcox said: ‘We’re pleased and I thought we deserved something from the game.

‘I was speaking to their manager about it and the difference was Matt Tubbs.

‘We need a Matt Tubbs and to find somebody who is going to get us 20 goals so we can push up and be top half next season, if not higher.

‘But it was nice to claw our way back in and get a late goal because we don’t get many of those and it was fitting for Brad Halliday to get it because he has been absolutely outstanding since he has come in from Middlesbrough.

‘We’re looking to bring him in next season as well but I’m sure other clubs will be interested in him with the quality of his performances.’

Wilcox was left to rue an early effort from defender Keith Lowe that rattled the Pompey crossbar but was still pleased with a point as the season drew to a close.

He said: ‘It has moved us up a place and we haven’t finished the season with a defeat.

‘We’ve finished with a good point at a difficult place so I’m a happy man.

‘I thought it was a terrific performance. We asked the lads to be brave, even though it was a bit nervy at times.

‘But we could have had the first goal inside a couple of minutes. Keith Lowe’s overhead kick hit the underside of the bar and it would have been an amazing goal. It was incredible athleticism for a centre-back and was so, so unlucky.

‘Bobby Olejnik had an outstanding game in goal with two or three fantastic saves.

‘He showed he is a top quality goalkeeper and was very unlucky not to have a clean sheet.’

– STEVE WILSON