The ArgusTubbs planned his cheeky penalty winner for Crawley (From The Argus)

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Tubbs planned his cheeky penalty winner for Crawley

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Matt Tubbs revealed he had no doubts over his cheeky penalty attempt which earned Crawley a late victory against Peterborough on Saturday.

Tubbs, above, sent goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik the wrong way with an impudent chip down the middle to score the only goal in the 86th minute.

It was the striker’s second successful penalty in the space of a week and he decided what he would do if he got a spot-kick even before the game.

Tubbs said: “It’s the third one I’ve done like that and all three have gone in. I did it at Salisbury when we were 1-0 up against Exeter in the last minute and it paid off so I thought I’d try it again.

“Even before the game I knew I was going to put it down the middle. I had a penalty a week ago and I went to the keeper’s right so I knew he (Olejnik) would have watched the video and think I’d go one way or the other. “I thought there’d be a big space in the middle so I put it there. If I had hadn’t scored four goals leading up to this I probably wouldn’t have tried it but because my confidence is high and the team’s playing really well it was a bit of a no-brainer.

Tubbs has now scored five goals in as many games since joining on loan from Bournemouth and manager John Gregory has already stated he would like to make the deal permanent in the summer.

The striker admits he feels at home at Crawley after two frustrating years since leaving the club but says his future is out of his hands.

Tubbs added: “The ball’s not in my court really. I’ve got another year on my contract at Bournemouth so it is up to them and Crawley what happens. If they can agree something then we’ll go from there.

“I’ve had two years of not playing much so I’m just enjoying playing regularly again and scoring goals so that is all I’m thinking about at the moment and then in the summer we’ll just have to sit down and see what’s happening.”


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