Tubbs fires Pompey to victory

Jack Whatmough. Picture: Joe Pepler
Jack Whatmough. Picture: Joe Pepler

Matt Tubbs’ first Pompey goal ended his team’s nine-game winless run today.

The striker got the only goal of the game in the 1-0 win over Hartlepool to ease the pressure on Andy Awford.

Tubbs’ 61st-minute effort was the reward for the Blues’ dominance against the strugglers.

The Fratton faithful had to stay patient for the goal as their team huffed and puffed before making the breakthrough.

The anticipated wall of noise was present from kick-off with chants of ‘Blue Army’ and ‘Andy Awford’s Blue & White Army’ ringing around the ground.

Pompey responded with a fast start and Joe Devera should have scored inside a minute – but he poked Jed Wallace’s cross wide from a couple of yards.

The Blues were dominant for most of the half but couldn’t apply the final touch.

Two balls across the face of goal couldn’t be finished by Tubbs.

Then Ryan Taylor’s shot was blocked before Jed Wallace’s free-kick was punched out for a throw by Scott Flinders.

There was a mooted response to the half-time whistle from the home fans with Pompey unable to make the breakthrough.

The pattern of the game remained the same after the break with Pompey pressing but not creating masses of clear openings.

But the patience of the home crowd was rewarded after 61 minutes with the Blues making the breakthrough.

Taylor’s cross was emphatically dispatched by Tubbs’ head with his 16th goal of the season.

Holland fired a late chance over as Pompey comfortably held on for the victory.

That lifted Awford’s side to 16th in the table – five points clear of the bottom two.