Matt Tubbs is adamant his confidence has not dipped during a stuttering personal campaign.
Yet he’s seeking for a two-goal Abbey Stadium blast to kick-start his season into goal action.
It’s frustrating because I scored a goal at Crawley which was onside and given offside. At the time it would have been three goals in five gamesMatt Tubbs
The striker maintained his Indian sign over the U’s by netting twice in Saturday’s 3-1 victory.
Last season’s League Two golden boot winner had previously registered only two goals as he attempts to adapt to Paul Cook’s system.
Jayden Stockley and Adam McGurk have also been selected ahead of him on occasions, restricting Tubbs to only six league starts.
Now he finds himself as Pompey’s joint-leading scorer on four, along with Gary Roberts and Conor Chaplin.
Newcomer Caolan Lavery may have something to say on that following yesterday’s loan arrival from Sheffield Wednesday.
Nonetheless, Tubbs is hoping to build on what could be a Cambridge breakthrough.
He said: ‘I am a confident lad, I have been confident throughout my career, if you take a backward step with your confidence you will go in with a negative attitude.
‘You need to approach every game knowing and thinking you are going to score.
‘If you get your chance you have to take it.
‘To be honest, I’ve not had many clear-cut chances this season. I’ve had chances, but not clear-cut.
‘For me to get two on Saturday will hopefully also put confidence in my team-mates around me.
‘It’s frustrating because I scored a goal at Crawley which was onside and given offside. At the time it would have been three goals in five games.
‘As it is, that’s four goals at the moment and I hope it can really kick-start my season.
‘It has not really been a concern about getting chances, it has been about really knitting together as a squad and knowing everyone’s games.
‘There are so many different players in and around the squad. Now that clicked together on Saturday hopefully we can really kick on.
‘All I can do is keep making my runs and if I get picked out I get picked out.
‘I am not one to throw my dummy out and shout at someone for not passing me the ball. All I can do is keep making my movements and sooner rather than later I will get put in.’
Tubbs scored nine times in 23 matches after arriving at Fratton Park at the turn of the year.
However, competition has so far been fierce this term, with Cook also giving opportunities to Stockley and McGurk.
Tubbs added: ‘It’s tough with the strength in depth in the squad.
‘As soon as you get your chance you have to try to take it and hopefully on Saturday I have taken my chance and can be involved next week.
‘Jayden is out, McGurk is out, Conor was on the bench, if everybody was fit it would have given the manager a massive headache for the Cambridge game.
‘Unfortunately for them they weren’t present – fortunately for me I was.’