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Adams gives Nugent his backing

Dave Nugent should be boosted by the words of praise and encouragement that Tony Adams has offered him with what he has said on the Pompey Site today...

As has been said over and over his time with Pompey has not been what was expected, certainly not was hoped, although to be fair injuries have not helped. His attitude has impressed Adams who says he is very much part of his plans and only the form of Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe is keeping him out: 'he's back, fully recovered and raring to go. He's looking sharp in training. The only problem is the other two keep scoring - which is a lovely problem to have.

'At the moment chances are going to be limited for him but he's reacting well in training and working really hard.

'I like his attitude. He's enthusiastic and determined. He makes intelligent runs and can get in behind defenders.

'I thought he was excellent away to Ipswich in the FA Cup last season. He worked hard for the team.

'I saw him play in an England under-21 tournament in Holland - he and Leroy Lita were excellent. I also saw him play against Germany. He held the ball up really well and ran into the channels. He caused the Germans a lot of problems.

'He's done well at that level and needs to make the next step now.

'I think the crowd still love him at Fratton Park and that's because of his commitment.'

Without a run of games, and decent run of games from the start - and not just bits and pieces here and there - it has been hard to fully judge him, playing with injuries also has not helped nor has the fact that he was never backed or rated by Harry Redknapp, but that is the old 'cross me at your peril' mentality that he has. He might have backed him from time to time, but never to the extend that Adams has here - and when he says it you feel he means it, well I do anyway...

Links with Everton have again developed but the Pompey manager has praised the way that these have been responded to - his main regret is the fact that he was not named in the uefa cup squad, the biggest indicator that he was not in Redknapp's plans, therefore he cannot play against Heerenveen next week when he would have: 'Everton have not contacted us and he hasn't said he wants to go. He supported Everton as a boy and sometimes the press put two and two together and come up with five.

'But Richard Hughes supported AC Milan and there's no move to Milan for him.

'David's too close to the first team to go anywhere - one injury and he's playing.

'He's got himself fit and is training well. Unfortunately he can't play against Heerenveen in the UEFA Cup. That would have been a great game for him to come in and play.

'But he's part of my squad and there will be opportunities for him. '

There might be a split on Nugent, but I do not think that many of us can fault the effort and the commitment that he shows - traits, as said before, that we all love in Pompey players!

I have to admit that I have swayed back and fourth on my thoughts on him - but when all is said and done you do not become a bad player overnight do you, and we really have not seen enough to completely say 'he is without doubt a flop' have we, in all honesty... He was not rated by Redknapp, with an arm around him and used in the right way we could still see the player we have always wanted - but 'when' chances come along for him to play he must take them, and he appears as though he will get them and he wants to take them.

A league goal, no matter how scrappy or lucky, is exactly what he needs - should this come along this 'might' be the catalyst that he, and we, have been waiting for...

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday December 11 2008

Time: 11:42AM

Your Comments

We all hope Nugent can deliver but it's hard to see it on all that has happened over the last 18 months. No doubt he can play a back up part but we would struggle if we had to rely on him game in, game out. If & when Crouch & Defoe are not available, Nugent is not quite a like for like replacement.
storagematt
to be fair tho there are not many 'like for like' replacements for the likes ofr crouchy and defoe are there... HR, it is 'said' didnt like the fella, with it also 'said' he barely spoke to him, with a manager that will do that and has faith in him he 'might' have more of a chance?
pompeyrug
I've always wanted Nuge to do well and be given a proper chance. With the combination of all the injuries he's had and the fact that HR didn't like him, he's had no chance at all. He has a great attitude, and the fact that he wants to fight for his place when he's up against Defoe and Crouchie goes to show it. But we do need good back up if either gets injured or suspended - so good luck to the lad.
tracyc
Well said Tracy, and I agree. He always seems to work his socks off on the pitch and with a goal or two and some confidence who knows what he might achieve.
sneakay
bets on nugent scoring the winner at white hart lane in jan!!!!!!!! Then redknapp saying he always new he was a good player!!!
knocker
So much for Harry's "man management" specialism then. God, White Hart Lane in Jan is going to be no place for the nervous, is it?
hammersmithblue
Harry managed his favourites well, but neglected the rest... it's why some players loved him, and some (matty taylor) didn't.
pompeycarpet
The problem for Nugent is we all like the partnership of Crouch & Defoe, so his chances are limited, even then Kanu seems to be in front of him, even if the fans would prefer Nuge with his Benjani like work rate.
pompeyyong
I just read TA's book - "Addicted". Blimey! What a brave bloke to put all that on paper. Respect to the man. I'd sort of lost sight of the fact that he's played alongside Kanu and Campbell and presumably Jamo for England too
hammersmithblue
nail on the head - HR does have great man management skills...if your face fits, if not he does not want to know you...
adams 'could' be the man to get the best out of nuge.
pompeyrug
 

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