Evans wary of Tubbs threat as Millers seek league treble

Matt Tubbs had an unsuccessful at Rotherham earlier this season.
Matt Tubbs had an unsuccessful at Rotherham earlier this season.
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For whatever reason, Matt Tubbs’ predatory skills deserted him at Rotherham United.

Much was expected of the striker after he joined the Millers on loan from Bournemouth in the summer.

But Tubbs struggled to find his goal-scoring touch, netting just once in 21 appearances, prompting Rotherham boss Steve Evans to cut short his temporary stint.

The 29-year-old returned to Bournemouth - and subsequently signed on loan for Crawley Town, where he first worked with Evans and he is expected to spearhead the Red Devils attack at the New York Stadium on Saturday.

Tubbs made his ‘second’ Crawley debut in last Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Coventry City and Evans hopes the forward does not come back to haunt his side this weekend.

“Matt is a young man who will always mean the world to me,” Evans told The Star. “He was incredible for me at Crawley.

“It didn’t work out at Rotherham but that doesn’t mean he is any less of a person. He was a model pro in the way he conducted himself. He just couldn’t get his form or goals going that would have kept him in the team but he will certainly be a threat on Saturday.”

Tubbs, a boyhood Bournemouth fan, said he felt out of his “comfort zone” in South Yorkshire.

Evans said: “There was nobody who hurt more than Matt when he wasn’t in the team or scoring goals with us. It certainly wasn’t through a lack of preparation, fitness or professionalism that he didn’t feature as much as he would have liked.

“Maybe Matt spent a little too long not getting a game at Bournemouth. He came in and probably lacked that half a yard because we had to get him up to match fitness at first-team level.

“Matt also had some tough competition here. With the players we’ve got, it makes it really hard for a manager to change things.”

Rotherham, sixth in the standings, will be seeking a third consecutive league win when they face Crawley.