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Nugent desperate for cup chance

The semi final this weekend is a game that everyone wants to be involved in and Dave Nugent is no exception. He has told The News how desperate he is to be given the chance as he looks to start repaying the faith shown in him by most fans after the large amount of money paid for him: 'Pompey have paid a lot of money for me and it's time I started showing I'm worth it.

'My match fitness is coming back and I think you will now see the real David Nugent. It's time to show the fans what I can do.

'The supporters have been brilliant but I feel like I haven't given them enough yet. Now I'm injury free it's about showing them what I can do.

'I want to prove I'm good enough for the Premier League. I want to show how good I am.

'I don't feel I've given enough to this football club yet so this is my time to show what I can do.

'I've got the buzz again and it's going to be nice to be involved on Saturday. We've got a great chance of winning and hopefully I can help'.

He also once again spoke about his desire to stay with Pompey and said he was not interested in any of the loan moves proposed to him recently, and despite saying he would think about them he never once seriously thought about moving on.

I thought that Nugent looked fitter, sharper and most importantly quicker during his brief cameo appearance at the weekend, as said at the time to see him take on and outpace the Wigan defenders several times was a joy to behold, and although it was only 25 minutes or so it offered plenty of promising signs.

I do not think that there is much chance of Nugent not being a part of the final 16 on Saturday but you cannot look past Kanu starting in a 4-5-1 formation can you? To be honest I would rather see a 4-4-2, but even if we do get this it would probably be Kanu and Milan Baros.

At the end of the day though winning it the priority, no matter how it comes or who plays!


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Date:Tuesday April 1 2008

Time: 4:02PM

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nugent has to play he looked good on saturday and he always gets a goal against championship opposition.Arry please pick : Nugent + Baros up front with kanu on the bench.
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01/04/2008 16:34:00

Start with Baros and Nugent, and bring Kanu on if needed in last 20 minutes.
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01/04/2008 16:49:00

I think we will start 4-5-1 & Kanu upfront. Later we may switch to 4-4-2, where as stated Baros may come on. A Baros?Nugent front line would work. I would like to see them run at the WBA defence. I'm hoping Utaka will be fit. WBA havn't played anybody who is higher than them in the league. A fast running & powerful unit like ours should give them a huge headache. We must win, we will win.
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01/04/2008 16:50:00

its a shame that nugent and baros didnt have a bit of time together at the weekend, as it would have been good to see what they could have done - i do think they would work well together tho, and would work better than kanu and baros as a pairing... either way as said i cannot see past 'arry going any other way than 4-5-1 with kanu the lone man, i hope to be wrong tho...
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01/04/2008 16:54:00

Come on Nudge yoooou can dooooo iiiiit!
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01/04/2008 18:41:00

It woulbe really ironic if he cam into the team and had a stormer wouldnt it. I would be really happy to be proved wrong and see him do well, but it is up to hm now.
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01/04/2008 18:46:00

He can doooo iiiiiit all 90 mins loooooong !!
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01/04/2008 18:50:00

Do you reckon that he will be selected to start, or will he be on the bench?
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01/04/2008 19:03:00

Tony Adams did say on Setanta this morning that Nuge could play, he stated that he'd done well for us this season in the cup
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01/04/2008 19:06:00

Think he should start rather than come on late and try to pick up the pace of the game
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01/04/2008 19:10:00

Good point Tommo, however if he does not perform it could spell the end for him couldnt it?
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01/04/2008 19:11:00

if he starts, which i really would like to see i reckon he will play well... if he does start and fails then it probably would spell the end for him, im hoping that he can end the season strongly.
reading between the lines of what 'arry is saying, maybe even he is suggesting that nugent might start?
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01/04/2008 23:16:00

nugent is our top cup scorer, so never right him off!
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01/04/2008 23:24:00

I'm not sure the cup is the place to take risks but I don't think we have a choice. Start with Kanu and Nugent with Utaka and Kranjcar out wide. Depending on the score soon after half time Kanu off, Baros on and a little later Mvuemba on and Utaka off. Of course if anyone is having a cracking game then this would all change. My worry is Johnson. He likes to play forward and WBA have some good strikers. I hope he doesn't leave the back exposed too much.
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02/04/2008 02:20:00

Nugent will be the new Trebilcock... I've been saying it for months....
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02/04/2008 07:38:00

nugent...i hope he starts, i hope he plays well, i hope he stays with us. its just i cant see harry playing him for more thatn 30mins at the end of the second half (if that!). still, i think westbrom would prefer promotian than a cup win (?) - and so they will be looking to get the game over in 90mins, just as united were, which means we can expec them to come out all guns blazing!
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02/04/2008 09:48:00

Maybe it was the time difference in Dubai but some of the runs Nugent made were verging on fast and certainly quicker than we hadd seen before. I agree with carpet the bags will go for it and greeening et all will just rush us at every chance. I do think if it still stalemate mid second half Nugent will come on as an impact player. TBH it's the defence i am worried about
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02/04/2008 19:27:00

If they come at us that will be the best thing for us, if they drop deep and defend, then hit us on the break it could be a long afternoon. We are more than capable of breaking them down and beating them convincingly, just hope that the players believe in themselves.
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02/04/2008 19:45:00

I differ. I think both teams will be very cautious for the first 20 minutes and just try to sneak a goal. I think Pompey have a better chance of suceeding as this is a natural game for them and WBA have a suspect defence. Once a goal has been scored I can see both sides throwing caution to the wind and an end to end, high scoring match taking place.
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02/04/2008 23:59:00

Lets start with him rather than Kanu and see what happens?
The Rabbi
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03/04/2008 11:34:00

They dont have anything to lose do they? and Mowbray has a tendancy to go for it.
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03/04/2008 16:34:00

Wouldn't be too upset if moan bags Keily scores a freak own goal....hehehehe then a Nugent hat rick!!!!
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03/04/2008 17:29:00

yea i sort of agree with you Rabbi, but i just dont think Redknapp will not for any sound reason other than past performances.
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03/04/2008 18:53:00

yea lovinit tommo.....hey everybody lets give some rousing appause for ......KAALAAMITY KIELY !!!!!!!
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03/04/2008 18:55:00

rousing applause even
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03/04/2008 18:55:00

well done russellm, drunk again?! :p hows it goin mate? you joining us for the ride on saturday? or are you in dubai?
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03/04/2008 23:31:00


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