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Sweet as a nut

Dave Nugent once again showed how frustrating a footballer he is at the weekend.

A moment of brilliance, with a fantastic strike at the death, ensured we collected - what was looking an unlikely - a point against Derby.

It was that effort, which was top class, and another solo run prior to that which showed what we know he can do.

The problem is he produces this in dribs and drabs and then can make the simple things, at least what should be simple, look so hard!

A one-on-one in the 1st half - granted I am no professional footballer, but surely he just had to open his body and slot it into the bottom right hand corner although he went for the bottom left - really should have produced a goal and another effort on the turn in the 2nd 'probably' should have gone closer...

Nugent, as he told The Pompey Site, knew we were 'terrible' in the 1st half and got a 'deserved rollicking' during the interval, although having come out 'all guns blazing' in the 2nd we just could not score.

This left him thinking it would be 'one of those days' although his effort that was sweet as a nut ensured we got a point.

He know he should have done better with a previous effort, but having got this one is now looking to kick on: 'we thought it was going to be one of those days but I caught one sweetly in the end and it's gone straight in the top corner, so I'm happy.

'I had one chance in the first half that the defender poked wide and another one where I should have scored in the second half but finally it all came together.

'It's my first goal for a while now and I just need to keep on going. I'm on nine now and want to get into double figures.'

He now hopes that we can take some confidence from this point and climb away from the bottom 3, who all lost at the weekend, starting by getting a result against Doncaster next weekend.

As ever Nugent was a willing runner, although I have to say that as much as he is winning me over this season - I was still VERY unhappy with his thoughts towards us fans upon his departure for his loan with Burnley for a long time - he continues to show, for me, that this is 'probably' his level, a lower end of the premier league at best.

The guy is not consistent enough for the top flight and unless he takes a dramatic pay cut, as much as I think I would want him to stay, there is still no way that I can see him being here beyond the end of the season when his contract ends.

I know these 'contract negotiations' do drag on, although if a new deal was going to be arranged I reckon it would have been done by now...

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  • The Journalist

    Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Monday February 7 2011

    Time: 7:29PM

    Your Comments

    The good thing about Nugent, is he is creating these chances for himself. He gets into great positions and has shown on occasion that he can finish a ball. Saturday he was unlucky a few times, and on another day, with a bit of confidence he could have scored 3 or 4.
    PompeyFrippy
    The opportunities come thick n fast, if he could just get his decision making right, in this league he would be looking at a goal plus per game.
    russellm
    He will come good for the home straight
    Midge
    He will come good for the home straight
    Midge
    It's a head thing with Nugent I'm positive of it. He gets into the critical space at the right time and then ???????? he fluffs it. It's that nano second of thought, doubt, panic, indecision, lack of confidence and bang the moments passed. If he was a tennis player he'd do the same thing at match point. It's what sorts the greats from the also rans.....NERVE and CALM at the CRITICAL MOMENT. Watching Nugent in front of goal can damage your health.
    cornypomp
     

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