Top scorer aims to return with a bang
Matt Tubbs says he's “100 per cent ready” for a battle at Newport County tomorrow and determined to make up for lost time after missing Wimbledon’s victory against Morecambe.
Having scored eight goals already for the Dons, Tubbs said it was frustrating to have a weekend off after his red card in the win against Burton Albion, but he feels refreshed and ready to go again.
Speaking to Rob Cornell during an interview for Dons Player, Tubbs (pictured receiving congratulations from George Francomb after his winner at Luton), said: “It was disappointing for me to miss out against Morecambe. It was really pleasing that we got the three points, but I was frustrated not to be involved. As a striker when you are scoring goals you want to carry on the momentum and not miss games. Even missing one game was tough, but I’m looking at it positively now as a recovery weekend for me. I have no knocks or fatigue and there are no excuses because I’m 100 per cent ready.
“We know tomorrow is going to be a tough game; I’ve had many battles at Newport over the years. But I’m sure our coaches will have done their homework and we will be going through that today. If we can play like we did against Morecambe and Burton then I’m sure we’ll be a match for anyone. Hopefully, if we can maintain our form then we can be around the play-off positions after another 10 matches.”
Tubbs watched Bayo Akinfenwa and Ade Azeez team up to great effect against Morecambe last Saturday and he believes Wimbledon now have great options up front.
“I spoke to Bayo when he was frustrated about not getting off the mark,” added Tubbs. “I just said that once he got one, then more goals would quickly follow. That’s what has happened and Bayo is going to be high in confidence going into the Newport game – he’s showed that in training this week. Ade is a top lad and a good footballer. He did really well against Morecambe and linked-up well with Bayo. Ade deservedly got the man of the match award so the manager has a decision to make.”
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