POOLE Town boss Matt Tubbs got the reaction he was after as his side returned to winning ways against Tiverton Town.

Dolphins ran out 2-0 winners over the Devon outfit thanks to a first-half Tony Lee penalty and substitute Toby Holmes’ late strike.

The victory followed a disappointing display at the weekend which saw Poole defeated 4-2 away at Basingstoke Town.

Discussing the game with the Daily Echo after the full-time whistle, Tubbs shared: “That's all I asked of them - all I wanted was a reaction, and we got that.

“Like I said, we controlled the game. We looked very comfortable throughout.

“Another day it could have been three or four, potentially more.

“I thought we could have moved the ball a lot quicker first half.

“We scored the penalty at a good time, went 1-0 up and then we controlled the game.

“I think naturally they were going to always have a spell or two in the game, five or 10 minutes here and there.

“But I thought we controlled the game really well.

“We played at our tempo and our pace, but as you know, when the score is 1-0, it’s always a little bit of a dodgy one because it only takes a long throw or one long ball.

“That happened and Max (Evans) kept us in it.

“I think if we were to have drawn the game, we would have been very disappointed.

“But as I just touched on when the score is 1-0, we're always on a bit of a knife-edge.”

Holmes was introduced off the bench shortly after the hour mark, the striker producing his sixth strike of the campaign to seal the game off for Poole.

Asked about having a player of Holmes’ quality available to him on the bench, Tubbs replied: “I mean he's brilliant to have in the squad, have in the team, have in the starting 11, to have come off the bench.

“As I've said previously it's not going to be an 11 that's going to get to where we want to get to, it's going to be a squad.

“And we had a little bit of rotation.

“Tony scoring the penalty early on as a number nine, and Toby coming in as a number nine and scoring again.

“So having that kind of luxury is great for us.”

Poole are at home again this weekend, when they welcome fellow promotion rivals Chesham United to BlackGold Stadium (3pm).