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Nugent Also Sticks Two Up Pompey!

New loan striker, David Nugent was the hero yesterday in our match at home against Sunderland. In his home League debut he came on from the bench after 57 minutes and proceeded to score his first goal for the Clarets with a header 10 minutes later. It got even better for the former Preston forward when he made it a brace after a thunderous shot on 86 minutes secured a 3-1 Burnley victory and maintained our 100% home record in the Premier League.

Nugent was signed on loan from Portsmouth with minutes to spare at the end of the Summer transfer window earlier this month.

He quite clearly feels that his time at Portsmouth has been a low spot in his career after arriving at Pompey in a 6 million deal in the Summer of 2007.

Nugent was featured in an article called 'The Star of David' in yesterday's 'Claret & You' matchday programme in which he explained his time at Portsmouth and why his goal scoring appeared to dry-up.

He said:

'People doubted me at Portsmouth because I haven't scored enough goals but I can say I've never really played there as a striker.I think 80% of my games there were as a right winger so I am not worried too much about the goals. Once you are a goalscorer I think you will always score goals and I believe I will'

Prophetic words indeed after hitting the back of the net twice against Sunderland; a side that nearly pipped Pompey to his signing two years ago.

It is clear Nugent is relishing his time with the Clarets after a torrid time at Portsmouth and looks happy to be back in the North. Nugent was born in Huyton, Merseyside and joined the Liverpool youth academy but at the age of 15 could not secure a professional contract. He finished up at Bury in 2002 where he caught the eye of a number of clubs including Preston but also Burnley under Steve Cotterill. It was Preston though who managed to sign him for a snip in January 2005 for a fee of just 100,000. It was at Deepdale that he really made an impression eventually being rewarded with an England cap under Steve McClaren. Nugent made his debut as a late substitute for England in a Euro 2008 qualifying match against Andorra in Barcelona in March 2007. He also scored a goal with a simple tap in following a shot by Defoe.

Nugent though soon after signed for Portsmouth in July 2007 and was unable to make a name for himself at Fratton Park also falling off the International radar with no further caps to his name to date.
It also didn't help when former Pompey gaffer, Harry Redknapp tried to immediately offload the striker to Derby in the same transfer window.

'Everybody makes mistakes and I definitely made a mistake moving down south. I hardly played and when I did I was used as a winger rather than a striker, said the 24 year old speaking to Sky Sports.

'I am here until January and there is an option to extend the loan. Hopefully I can make it permanent.'

It is clear Nugent would like to become a permanent player with the Clarets and he has got off to a great start after yesterday's performance

'I have got to prove wrong the people that doubted me and hopefully at Burnley, I can do that' concluded Nugent.

Portsmouth must be wondering if they have made the right decision now to let him go after seeing his two goals yesterday especially when you consider their predicament in the Premier League. They have no points from six games so far and are firmly propping up the league in bottom place!

It is clear though that Nugent would not want to return to Portsmouth and it looks likely that Pompey would cut and run and agree to a deal should Owen Coyle wish to proceed after the loan spell.

The News of the World believe 2m could be enough to secure his services.

His current loan completes in January 2009 although it is likely the loan could be extended to the end of the season before a permanent signing is then considered in Summer 2010.

So far so good!

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday September 20 2009

Time: 5:09PM

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Where are those Preston fans when you want them? ;-)
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20/09/2009 17:14:00

given how bad things are going for pompey, we were bound to loan out the next wayne rooney :-)
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20/09/2009 17:27:00

Rather disingenuous stuff from a guy that has had nothing but support from the Pompey faithful (and a large paypacket) for the past two years. It all seemed to go sour this summer; strange, I wonder what happened
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20/09/2009 17:37:00

And who would argue with a permanent deal if he keeps on banging them in like yesterday? well done Nugent!!
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20/09/2009 17:38:00

I think this is a good move for Nugent. A lot was expected when he came to Pompey but with the team we had at the time and Twitchy face not playing him he lost a lot of confidence. Then injuries did not help and when he did play it was out of position. Why we chose to loan him out to you guys when clearly we are short of a striker I have know idea. He did have a bit of a temper problem with some of our other players but all in all if he can keep scoring for you it might be the best deal you guys made during the summer
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20/09/2009 17:49:00

Cheers chaps :-) anybody knows if he is eligible to play against Portsmouth December the 5th?
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20/09/2009 17:54:00

Would doubt it 8c8 but couldn't be certain! I just wonder if given the option and assuming his form continues whether we would wait till the summer or sign him in Jan window! If he becomes the hotshot again some clubs might begin to take notice and start putting in their own bids! If we have the money & a deal can be done, i say bite the bullit in Jan
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20/09/2009 18:41:00

Just looking at that Sky Sports clip and it struck me that Nugent looks like Tina off Coronation Street. She's better looking of course though Nuge is better in front of goal.
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20/09/2009 19:03:00

Should have gone to Spec Savers RT haha!
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20/09/2009 19:10:00

Well done to David 2 brilliant goals, hopefully he can score at Whiteheart Lane on Saturday, and show Mr Redknapp what he is really made of since it was him that tried to off load him in the first place.
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