T ’n’ T spark Pompey to life

  • Strike duo continue rich vein of scoring form
  • Awford isn’t paying attention to possession stats
  • Pompey boss revels in ‘cup tie’ atmosphere
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Andy Awford lauded his explosive strikeforce as they blew Luton away.

Ryan Taylor and Matt Tubbs got the goals as the Hatters were dealt a 2-0 defeat at Fratton Park on Saturday.

Tubbs’ predatory third-minute finish set Andy Awford’s team on their way to victory.

And Taylor blitzed the second home after 62 minutes to secure the points.

Tubbs has now bagged five goals in nine games, with Taylor’s four strikes in six showing he is in a rich vein of finishing form.

Awford had praise for the pair’s quality, as well as the supply which paved the way for the game’s key moments.

All the pace was on the cross, and he has guided it in. A wonderful finish.

Andy Awford

He said: ‘The lads have got a goal apiece.

‘The first goal was a wonderful finish.

‘All the pace was on the cross and he has guided it in. A wonderful finish.

‘He’s got across his man. It’s a good pass from Andy Barcham to feed Jed Wallace and it’s a good run from Jed.

‘The pace on the cross causes the problem and the key is Tubbs is across his man.

‘Matt has helped it on its way because the pace is on the delivery.

‘Matt got one caught under his feet and there was one before the second goal.

‘Then Tayls (Taylor) is clinical. No keeper in the world saves that.

‘I’m pleased for the pair them.’

Pompey edged possession across the 90 minutes on Saturday but had to contend with periods of the game when Luton had a lot more of the ball.

But the defensive organisation of the team ensured they stood firm and collected their sixth clean sheet in 10 games.

Awford pinpointed previous matches where his team have dominated time on the ball but didn’t deliver a win.

He explained those particular stats aren’t something he pays great attention to.

He said: ‘We’ve had possession in a lot of our games.

‘We’ve had that at Accrington, Northampton and Oxford.

‘I think a lot is made of possession but it’s what you do with it.

‘Sometimes you have it all and don’t break the team down. Other times you don’t have it and score.

‘We were professional, disciplined and then clinical in the final third.

‘We set the tone with our start.

‘As a unit, we’re looking solid, disciplined and professional.

‘We look organised.’

The clash with Luton served up one of the best atmospheres of the season at Fratton Park.

The visitors contributed to that as they brought a strong following of 2,680 supporters among a crowd of 17,149.

Pompey matched the occasion as they started quickly and got their early goal.

Awford said: ‘The tempo wasn’t right last week. We looked a yard short of our normal energy levels.

‘That was back against Luton.

‘The atmosphere was a bit like a cup tie. They had the whole away end and the atmosphere was there. I enjoyed it.

‘Both teams are good teams. They are in the top six deservedly.

‘We’re in good form, though, so there are two good sides going at it.’