Striker keen to strike gold again

Pompey striker Matt Tubbs Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey striker Matt Tubbs Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey skipper Brett Pitman. Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey skipper lifts lid on injury issues

  • Tubbs scored 21 goals in League Two and 24 in total
  • He netted nine times in 23 appearances for the Blues
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GOLDEN-BOOT winner Matt Tubbs surveyed his greatest Football League campaign and insisted: I want more.

The striker has topped the League Two scoring charts with 21 goals this campaign – 24 in total.

He registered nine of those since arriving at the Blues in January – and has been named in the PFA division team of the season.

Regardless, Pompey finished 16th in the table, the lowest position in the club’s Football League history.

In contrast, it has been an outstanding campaign for Tubbs, who also enjoyed prolific non-league spells with Crawley and Salisbury.

And he’s looking to maintain that scoring streak next term.

After the final whistle I was checking out the other games and had a little look at half-time as well, I wanted to know what was needed

Matt Tubbs

‘On a personal basis, it has been my best season in the Football League and, hopefully, next season we can do better and get promotion,’ said Tubbs.

‘I was joint top-scorer in the Conference and then the following season won it outright – now I’ve got the golden boot in League Two.

‘I’ve had a couple of weeks now looking over my shoulder wondering if they were going to catch me and I’m glad I got my nose in front, and scoring against York sealed it.

‘After the final whistle I was checking out the other games and had a little look at half-time as well, I wanted to know what was needed!

‘However, with the team that played on Saturday I will always get chances and, hopefully, can finish them off.

‘I’ve scored nine goals for Pompey and am relatively happy about that.

‘I’ve obviously had chances I’ve missed and will probably look back on it in the next couple of weeks and think “What if that had gone in”.

‘It’s hindsight. I’m happy I’ve now got a golden boot in the Football League and, importantly, I’m happy with the way we have been playing over the last couple of weeks.

‘From a personal point of view, my goal haul this season will give me more confidence next year.’

Tubbs netted with a smart finish in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against York in the season’s finale.

It ensured he finished two goals clear of Dagenham & Redbridge’s Jamie Cureton and three ahead of both Reuben Reid (Plymouth) and Marc Richards (Northampton).

Now his attention moves on to next season, when a new Pompey manager will be in place.

Tubbs added: ‘Gary Waddock has brought in his own style of how he wants us to play and I thought we played some good football on Saturday.

‘We dominated the game and deserved to have got a win.

‘When you look at it, we have underachieved as a team, but with the new manager coming in, hopefully, it will give everyone a lift and we go again next season.

‘There is definitely a foundation there, whoever comes in has got to get everyone going and the team playing the right way.’