Rotherham United: Millers striker on taking his chance

Matt Tubbs wheels away after scoring for Rotherham United against Colchester
Matt Tubbs wheels away after scoring for Rotherham United against Colchester
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When you get your chance then take it and striker Matt Tubbs, after patiently sitting on the sidelines, will have reflected on that after his first Rotherham United goal.

Many would have expected Tubbs to be making more than his fifth start this far into a season considering the way Steve Evans pursued him so strongly for a year and more. And, despite his limited time on the pitch, that he’d have been off the mark by now.

Evans, who had him at Crawley where he was such a prolific scorer, was delighted his persistent pursuit finally paid off when the 29-year-old joined in the summer from Bournemouth on a loan deal until January.

However, injury meant Tubbs had had no pre-season training and although he started four of the first five games, he was clearly not as sharp as he would like to be. He wasn’t able to do himself justice.

When Daniel Nardiello - out early season through injury - got his chance, he took it with five goals in his first four appearances.

Tubbs has been on the sidelines and, apart from a start at Brentford when Nardiello got crocked the day before, he has had to be patient.

“Yes, it’s frustrating and any footballer who says he likes sitting on the bench is in the wrong sport,” said Tubbs.

“It happens; I’ve bided my time, kept my head down and trained well and that’s all you can do. Now, I’ve got in, scored, want to put in a good week’s training and hope it puts me in the frame for next Saturday.”

He touched on his link with Alex Revell.

“I thought we did quite well as a partnership and all through my career I’ve played with a target man and Revs is a fantastic player. We were hitting it off and he was seeing my runs.

“You need to develop an understanding in matches.”

Saturday was his first goal for the club and he added: “I don’t let not scoring faze me. I was always taught as a kid that you are going to get chances and it’s whether you take them or not.

“With the players we have, they are going to create chances for me and it was only a matter of time before one went in.”