Matt Tubbs has proved he can lead Pompey line

Matt Tubbs Picture: Joe Pepler
Matt Tubbs Picture: Joe Pepler

MATT TUBBS has proved he can lead the line for Pompey.

Paul Cook believes the striker has shown he is capable of operating as the figurehead in his 4-2-3-1 system.

On Saturday he showed he can play in the system.

Paul Cook

Tubbs’ double at Cambridge last weekend took his tally for the season to four goals.

The debate has raged about how best to utilise the 31-year-old this season.

Questions have been asked about whether he can operate as the lone front man in Cook’s preferred formation.

Tubbs has previously indicated he likes to play alongside a strike partner but is comfortable playing in the role.

Cook feels he offered unequivocal evidence of that last weekend as he prepares to turn to the poacher again tomorrow at Newport County.

He said: ‘I am just delighted for Tubbsy.

‘It is hard when you are playing up front on your own and you are not scoring.

‘But sometimes there are that many bodies around that it is hard to score.

‘It was a great day for Tubbsy (at Cambridge).

‘That is four goals he has scored so he is having a terrible season, isn’t he!

‘On Saturday he showed he can play in the system.’

Pompey travel to Rodney Parade tomorrow with the best away record in League Two.

That was cemented by victory at the Abbey Stadium last weekend.

Pompey’s recent overall record has been more mixed, however, with a loss, draw and victory arriving in the past three games.

Cook acknowledged the level of performance has been variable of late.

And that has to be sorted if Pompey are to last the course in the battle for promotion this season.

Cook added: ‘It was a good day for us last Saturday, but we have got to stop being so high one week and so low the next – eventually we must level off.’