Date:Tuesday August 21 2007
The media likes nothing more than sticking the boot into Pompey, particularly now as we are seen as a threat to many clubs that feel that they have some kind of right to look down on us. Their most recent claims that we could offload David Nugent after only a couple of games is their most recent attempt to 'destabilise' us.
Nugent was seen as a 'gamble' when Harry Redknapp signed him, which in the respect that he had never played in the Premiership before he was, but he has all the boxes ticked that are required for him to be a complete success with Pompey in the Premiership.
I was surprised to see him left out against Bolton at the weekend, but this was not a case of him 'being dropped' as the reports had seen, Redknapp simply decided that he wanted to try something different - which more than paid off! - he has not lost faith in him, nor is he ever likely to.
There had been a recent article suggested by WalshWasGod, which was published on this site, questioning Nugent's ability.
Whilst I did not agree with a word that was written, this site is for the Pompey fans by the Pompey fans, so freedom of speech even if I do not agree with it will be given, we are all Pompey fans so we are entitled to our say on this great club even if it is not right, believed by others or even something we do not want to hear.
I know for a fact that he is not alone in his thinking - even if he was on this site by those that spoke up - as I have heard countless people, both at games and in pubs, mostly Pompey fans I might add, voicing the same opinion, to which non Pompey supporting Pompey fans have more often than not put these fellas right!
We just need to be patient with him, the more the pressure is added the worse it will become for him, then the harder he will try, which will lead him to look like a bad player - which he is not. When he ended up flat on his face against United, rather than mock him his name was sung around Fratton, this is what he needs - and will get more often than not.
Nugent is a great talent, he must be as Spineless Steve is very particular about who he selects for England duty, so for him to have played for and scored for England, particularly as a Championship player - as he was then - must make him something special.
He is more than a goalscorer, he has an all-round game that will not only help him but others. His movement is unlike many that I have seen before, very rarely by anyone in a Pompey shirt, so my thinking is that he is just trying a little too hard at the moment, so by forcing the issue it is making things more difficult for him.
Mark my works though, once this first goal comes we will see many, many more that will most probably see Nugent end the season as our top goalscorer - which will see several in double figures too! - then any doubters will be proved wrong.
PLAY UP POMPEY!
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Date:Tuesday August 21 2007
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