Date: 19th January 2009 at 12:15pm
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I think that one fella had more to prove to ‘the man that signed him’ than most yesterday, and Dave Nugent, when it looked like he might not have following his 1st half miss when one on one, did just that. And as he told The News he certainly enjoyed it: ‘I’m delighted. It’s my first Premier League goal. Hopefully there will be more to come now.

‘I’ve picked the right match to do it, with it being in front of my ex-boss as well.

‘I never played much under Harry so I’m happy to have done it now. I had a point to prove. It was in the back of mind to show him what I can do.

‘Under Harry my confidence was a bit low, but Tony is giving me my chance now.

‘Since Tony has come in he has played me and my confidence is back up there.’

You could see in his face, and by his celebrations that he was saying ‘up yours’ as he revelled in the goal.

Ok, it took a slight deflection but the technique was fantastic and shows what he can do – with more confidence and belief in his ability, and to be fair he has been improving with games and not just because of his work rate, commitment and determination that is making his a ‘fans favourite’, we are seeing a better player.

He needed this first league goal, in off his arse, back or whatever would have done me but such a fine strike and against Spurs made it even sweeter for all concerned! Now he has this I am hopeful we will see more to follow…

Yet again though, in the face of fresh ‘speculation’ of a move to Sheffield United, Nugent has once again reiterated his desire to stay with Pompey and prove Tony Adams’ confidence in him is well placed: ‘Tony has changed things and wants to do things his way now the job is his.

‘I’ve been put out on the wing to do a job and I’m doing it. I’m just happy to be playing. I may not be in my best position but I’ve scored and I want to score a few more.

‘Because I haven’t been playing there are a few clubs I’ve been linked with. They are in the Championship, though, and I don’t want to drop down.

‘I want to prove I can do it at this level. Hopefully people will see what I can do.’

Tony Adams keeps saying ‘he wants players that want to play for Portsmouth’, this is what we all want – and this is something that Nugent has said over, and over, and over again since he joined us.

He was not one of the ‘golden boys’ in the past, so rarely got that chance – and injuries did not help – but he clearly wants to play for us and will give us his all. I can overlook a slight lack in quality for this and his contribution to the team can be worth as much as goals can, but with this first out of the way I feel that we can, and will, see more come along in the months ahead, so long as he continues to be given the chance…

PLAY UP POMPEY!

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