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Nugent putting in double shifts

In order to prove that he can be a success in the top flight Dave Nugent has been putting in extra effort in order to get himself in top shape fitness wise, as he has revealed to The News: 'It came to the point were I thought "there must be something wrong here" and decided to do something about it.

'Now I'm putting in extra training and just trying to keep my fitness at a good level.

'I've been going in early every morning, doing work with the fitness coach, then staying behind shooting with the coaches. When I get called upon I want to be ready.

'I think you've got to put in extra work, especially if you are not playing.

'You've got to practice and play in the reserves to keep your match fitness up so when needed you can make an impact.

'Many players would not do that, but then I am not one of them.

'If you want to be the best you can then you have got to do extra training. That's my belief.

'It's been my idea, no-one else's. Three or four times a week I'm involved in extra training and it's something I've been doing for the past two months.

'I start work with Jon Dalzell from 9-10am on my fitness, with training starting at 10.30am. Then, after training, I stay behind with Joe Jordan and Paul Groves and do some shooting.

The more I hear from Nugent the more impressed I become and he really does seem like he wants to be a success with Pompey - which I still hope, and think he can be.

The step up from the championship to the premier league is quite a gap, so a mere lack of fitness and appreciation of the level you are at can have an effect on your performance, so maybe this had played more than a part in Nugent's mere bit part showing this season? But then again Kanu never looks fit and he still gets games...

Nugent looked in the best shape - and gave the best account of himself - that I have seen since he came to Pompey against City recently, but since then he has not featured, which has been more than a little frustrating to say the least, but hopefully his extra work at the training ground can reap some rewards sooner rather than later.

Personally I would make this much sooner, rather than later and would not wait until the African nations comes round... I find the fact that a nowhere near fit Kanu keeps jumping the queue ahead of Nugent bang out of order.

Benjani works as hard as anyone, so is near impossible to leave out but his goals seem to have dried up again recently, Kanu has that touch of genius about him but he is nowhere near fit. Nugent is desperate for goals and has such hunger to be given a chance, he is chomping at the bit so should he not be unleashed now - his time must be due surely?


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The Journalist

Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday December 6 2007

Time: 1:24PM

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Dave Nugent baffles me. He begs for a move from Preston so he can play Premiership football, gets it and now looks to be in limbo as far as his career is concerned. I think that England cap and goal went to his head.
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06/12/2007 13:49:00

the theory that some people have - which i have read here before - is that he is being kept in check by 'arry, he came here with an 'inflated ego' so 'arry is just keeping his feet on the ground, making him 'sing for his supper' as it were... i dont agree that his career is in limbo, but i do think it is now time that he was given the chance that he has worked for.
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06/12/2007 13:56:00

When I first saw him in pre-season I was really impressed by his keen-ness and general work-rate - and reading this article just confirms that. I think the national press are trying to create an issue that doesn't really exist, and he has always needed to be patient. But he does deserve a chance to play, even if it starts with 20 minutes at the end of each game, and builds from there, and ideally he will be ready and scoring goals during the ANC in January. He's been so unlucky with near misses when he has had a chance and I really feel for him, I'm sure it will come right for him soon, given the chance, and I think once he breaks his duck there'll be no stopping him.
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06/12/2007 15:11:00

I agree with Tracey, i thinnk the media want to derail Nugent, Harry and Pompey. Its always rumour this and rumour that. Harry done wrong, he came back and went on Live TV saying he was sorry. That takes a big man. In the summer, when the media were saying Nugent talks more to Billy Davis than Harry, Nugent went on sky live and said it was rubbish, yes Derby keep ringing him, but not the other way round. As Harry had done the same thing when he came back, i think that played a big part in him taking Nugent under his wing, and when he does get his break he will be aweswome, he aint going no where...
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06/12/2007 15:33:00

It is great to hear players working to fight for their spot in the squad. I know Nuge will get his chance in January but I hope Harry sees realizes his effort and gives him chances before then, so that when he is needed to step in for the team he's ready.
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06/12/2007 15:36:00

I agree with Tracy - I reckon he'll come good.
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06/12/2007 16:48:00

I agree with Tracy too. All of this fuss has been caused by the media. Harry hasn't said he's unhappy with Nuge, Nuge hasn't said he's unhappy with Harry. Things take time. Look and Benji and Niko. And good things come to those that wait! A cliche that I hope comes true for Nuge and Matty in due course.
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06/12/2007 17:41:00

you're right, neither has said anything, its all just media speculation. Harry has shown to be patient with his investments I'm sure he will stick with him
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06/12/2007 19:21:00

When all said and done, there must be a reason Harry and the staff are playing it this way, Players take time to adjust, Nuge has said he was suprised by how lacking in general fitness he was in comparison to the 1st teamers, when he first arrived. But just take a look at Anderson and Nani... cost a fortune, and are only now just ever so slightly starting to look like they are adjusting. Even the Great Sir Alex has to bow to the unpredictable at times
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06/12/2007 19:36:00

Seems to be making all the right moves behind the scenes, I honestly feel he will get a bit of a run out soon, maybe the training will tell then, if not Pompeys futuristic kit is supposed to give a 2.7% performance increase!
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06/12/2007 21:03:00

well billy davies has left derby now, so we are safe - i would doubt roy keane would take him now after what he said - so we are safe, lets just hope the fella gets a chance in the not to distant future, he appears to be working hard towards it so it could be time to unleash the beast - think of how many goals we might get as a result...
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06/12/2007 23:35:00

in all honesty; he was NEVER the biggest goal getter in the Championship...what he was; was consistant! 15 or so goals a year...which equates to what in the Prem? 8-10?
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06/12/2007 23:49:00

Time to ship him out I think, cut your losses. Like Chopra, Nugent is a Championship striker.
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07/12/2007 00:55:00

he may be a Championship man, but without a proper chance it would be stupid to sell him
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07/12/2007 01:32:00

agree pentonpompey that he hasnt been prolific, but i firmly believe that he has the talent and ability to be a 10-15 goals minimum top flight striker, i also feel that his alround game will offer us plenty... but sorry rangersman i disagree that he is 'merely' a championship quality footballer, you could argue that chopra and nuge were 'gambles' but the amount of games that chopra has played - and what i have seen of him - compared to nuge seems to suggest that maybe chopra is, but i dont think nuge is, but then again we've not seen enough to honestly know...
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07/12/2007 08:32:00

He needs to be fitter, leaner & faster so when the chance comes he is more than ready. Whether it is playing for us, who knows?
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07/12/2007 09:29:00

it will be... i hope!
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07/12/2007 12:39:00

Love the attitude of Nugen he's working hard to ensure he can deliver when the time comes for him to get a chance ... I'd like to see Kanu do an hours extra training to improve his fitness... could to think of it i'd like to see Kanu do an hours training.. I bet he can't manage it .. Good on ya Nuge your time will come
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