Pompey striker keen to extend Cambridge streak

Matt Tubbs celebrates scoring against Hartlepool. Picture: Joe Pepler
Matt Tubbs celebrates scoring against Hartlepool. Picture: Joe Pepler

Matt Tubbs will attempt to fire Pompey to away-day success while bidding to extend his extraordinary goalscoring record against Cambridge tomorrow.

The Blues striker has netted six goals in seven matches against the Abbey Stadium outfit – stretching across his spells with Salisbury, Crawley and AFC Wimbledon.

Now he is hopeful he can continue that scoring streak for Pompey on the same ground where he once netted one of the best efforts of his career, with a spectacular long-range lob.

And after only learning of his exploits via social media, he believes it has given him a boost of confidence going into the game.

Tubbs said: ‘I had a tweet from someone telling me I have scored six goals in seven games against Cambridge. I certainly didn’t know that statistic.

‘That’s a positive for me and it gives you a lift going into the game.

‘There is no planning to it – it’s just luck.

‘It’s not something you can work on.

‘Sometimes it’s just one of those things that happens against certain teams.

‘I’ve also scored one of the best goals of my career on that pitch.

‘The keeper tried to clear it, I was in the centre circle, took a touch and half-volleyed it back over his head.

‘So it gives you a positive memory going back to a ground where you have scored a goal like that.’

While goalscorers sometimes seem to thrive at certain grounds for no apparent reason, Tubbs has also struck on home turf against the U’s.

He endured a rare double shut-out in two games during the 2007-08 season.

But after his long-range stunner in a 3-1 defeat for Salisbury back in March 2010 in the Conference, he then netted twice in a 2-1 victory in the reverse fixture the following month.

He followed that with a double in a 2-2 draw at Cambridge while playing for Crawley in August 2010.

And his hot streak continued this season when he scored in the first minute of the game for AFC Wimbledon – but the Dons eventually slipped to a 2-1 home defeat.

‘When we played against them for AFC Wimbledon at the start of the season, I scored in the first 30 seconds of the game, although we ended up losing 2-1,’ said Tubbs.

‘I also remember the game where I scored two goals for Salisbury.

‘And I got a couple for Crawley up there as well.

‘I’ve managed to play there quite a lot but I know it’s a tough place to go.’

Pompey also go into the game in good spirits and boasting a four-match unbeaten run.

Tubbs said: ‘I think the form has been brilliant for the past four games.

‘We’ve had four clean sheets and picked up points.

‘Now we’re looking to continue that form.’