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Cambridge United 2-6 Portsmouth

Matt Tubbs
Matt Tubbs joined Portsmouth on loan in January after a spell at AFC Wimbledon

Matt Tubbs scored a hat-trick as Portsmouth thumped Cambridge to claim just a second away win of the season.

Jed Wallace fired Pompey ahead before debutant Nathaniel Mendez-Laing equalised with an angled finish.

Tubbs powered in and scored a header either side of Paul Robinson's goal as the visitors led 4-1 at the break.

Robbie Simpson reduced the deficit with a flying header but Ryan Taylor prodded home from close range and Tubbs tapped in Taylor's cross to complete the rout.

The win for Andy Awford's side extends their unbeaten league run to six games while Cambridge have now lost four out of their last five.

Portsmouth manager Andy Awford told BBC Radio Solent:

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Awford on Cambridge v Portsmouth

"We are really pleased with the three points; a real solid professional performance and I am delighted for everybody.

"It shows as a unit we have got good players in the team. When we click like we did today we are a very good side and it's not just the attacking players because the whole system worked and thankfully we have come away with three points.

"Today is about thanking the supporters for sticking with us and for us to come away to a difficult place like Cambridge.

"To score six goals is for those supporters who stick with us, not just this season, but over the past few seasons. You are not going to win six every week but I think they appreciate the effort by everybody and I certainly appreciate what they do for the football club."

Line-ups

Cambridge

  • 1Dunn
  • 17HughesSubstituted forMorrisseyat 81'minutes
  • 18Nelson
  • 4Coulson
  • 3Taylor
  • 7Donaldson
  • 8Champion
  • 15Simpson
  • 25Mendez-Laing
  • 9SlewSubstituted forKaikaiat 62'minutes
  • 32BirdSubstituted forTaitat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Tait
  • 6Miller
  • 11Dunk
  • 14Hunt
  • 19Ball
  • 23Morrissey
  • 31Kaikai

Portsmouth

  • 1Jones
  • 5Devera
  • 16Robinson
  • 3WhatmoughBooked at 47mins
  • 18Passley
  • 21DunneSubstituted forAtanganaat 85'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 8Wallace
  • 29HollandsBooked at 9minsSubstituted forErtlat 77'minutes
  • 34Butler
  • 9TaylorSubstituted forChaplinat 84'minutes
  • 14Tubbs

Substitutes

  • 6Chorley
  • 7Barcham
  • 13Ertl
  • 20Westcarr
  • 22Poke
  • 25Atangana
  • 36Chaplin
Referee:
Seb Stockbridge
Attendance:
6,528

Match Stats

Home TeamCambridgeAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home13
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away8
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home7
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Cambridge United 2, Portsmouth 6.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cambridge United 2, Portsmouth 6.

Booking

Nigel Atangana (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

Ryan Donaldson (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nigel Atangana (Portsmouth).

Foul by Robbie Simpson (Cambridge United).

Nigel Atangana (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Cambridge United. Conceded by Jack Whatmough.

Robbie Simpson (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jack Whatmough (Portsmouth).

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Michael Nelson.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Nigel Atangana replaces James Dunne.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Conor Chaplin replaces Ryan Taylor.

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Cambridge United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Johannes Ertl (Portsmouth).

Goal!

Goal! Cambridge United 2, Portsmouth 6. Matt Tubbs (Portsmouth) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Taylor.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Ryan Donaldson.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Gearoid Morrissey replaces Liam Hughes.

Attempt blocked. Richard Tait (Cambridge United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Sullay Kaikai (Cambridge United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joe Devera (Portsmouth).

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Johannes Ertl replaces Danny Hollands.

Corner, Cambridge United. Conceded by Dan Butler.

Goal!

Goal! Cambridge United 2, Portsmouth 5. Ryan Taylor (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Sullay Kaikai.

Ryan Donaldson (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Danny Hollands (Portsmouth).

Attempt missed. Robbie Simpson (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Liam Hughes (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Dunne (Portsmouth).

Attempt missed. Danny Hollands (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Sullay Kaikai replaces Jordan Slew.

Attempt saved. Robbie Simpson (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Cambridge United. Conceded by Joe Devera.

Corner, Cambridge United. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

Robbie Simpson (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul Robinson (Portsmouth).

Richard Tait (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Taylor (Portsmouth).

Goal!

Goal! Cambridge United 2, Portsmouth 4. Robbie Simpson (Cambridge United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Greg Taylor.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton32197646281864
2Shrewsbury32187746222461
3Wycombe321611545271859
4Luton321510739271255
5Southend3215983630654
6Plymouth321571040231752
7Bury32157104335852
8Newport32148103938150
9Stevenage32146124641548
10Northampton32135145142944
11Morecambe32128123432244
12Wimbledon31128114342144
13Exeter331110124348-543
14Portsmouth311010113635140
15Accrington31124154051-1140
16Cambridge31107144644237
17Oxford Utd32910133640-437
18Dag & Red32107153644-837
19Mansfield3298152641-1535
20Tranmere31810133238-634
21Carlisle32103194056-1633
22York32614123140-932
23Cheltenham32710152848-2031
24Hartlepool3266202454-3024
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