Roberts refusing to get giddy over Pompey start

Gary Roberts, left, and fellow goalscorer Matt Tubbs. Picture: Joe Pepler
Gary Roberts, left, and fellow goalscorer Matt Tubbs. Picture: Joe Pepler
  • Roberts netted his first goal for Pompey since his summer move from Chesterfield
  • Midfielder scored eight goals fro the League One club last term
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Gary Roberts is refusing to get giddy over Pompey’s breakneck start to the season.

Paul Cook’s men maintained their excellent early form with a 2-1 win at Plymouth Argyle on Saturday.

It represented a third win in the opening eight days of the season for the impressive Blues.

Not since the start of the 1988-89 campaign have Pompey begun with three successive victories.

Roberts netted his first-ever Blues goal during the Home Park triumph with an 86th-minute penalty.

Next up is a trip to Crawley tomorrow night – but Roberts remains grounded.

With the buzz you get when you score a goal, I feel like an 18-year-old kid, it’s the best feeling in the world

Gary Roberts

He said: ‘It’s a great start, we set out to win every game we can but there will be bumps in the road and everything will not all be rosy.

‘I get excited myself but you look at the bigger picture,

‘It’s a marathon, an absolute marathon, you go again.

‘Every time you wake up you are preparing for glory now and buzzing but tomorrow we go on to another game.

‘That’s nine games in the first 29 days, that’s a lot of games.

‘If we are unbeaten after nine I will get excited.

‘You can’t get ahead of yourself, football can bite you on the backside as quickly as it can give you a lift.

‘We will keep our feet on the ground. It’s a long, long, hard season.

‘There are definitely things we can improve on.

‘We haven’t been together very long.

‘We are a new team with a lot of new players and we will get to know each other a lot more out on the pitch.

‘Winning like that shows a lot of character and we will get closer and closer as a group.

‘Relationships are formed on and off the pitch and that can only be better for the club.’

Matt Tubbs gave Pompey the lead from the spot on the stroke of half-time after Enda Stevens was fouled by Hiram Boateng.

Then, with Tubbs off the pitch, Gary Sawyer tripped Roberts in the 86th minute and he took over duties to beat Luke McCormick.

Gregg Wylde pulled one back for Derek Adams’ side but Pompey saw out victory number three – after defeats of Dagenham and Derby.

Roberts added: ‘I haven’t scored a goal pre-season so to get it in front of our fans was something special for me.

‘When you have that many travelling supporters you just want to jump in the crowd.

‘But Leam (Richardson) has been on at me getting too many yellow cards over the last couple of years so I stopped myself at the last minute!

‘With the buzz you get when you score a goal, I feel like an 18-year-old kid. It’s the best feeling in the world.

‘It was a stonewall penalty and there was no doubt I was going to take it.

‘The keeper was playing a bit of a mind game saying “you are not going to go down the middle again” – and I was at that stage.

‘So I then went for the corner instead!’