Date: 12th November 2007 at 11:55am
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I have had concerns – as have many of us – about the futures of both Matty Taylor and Dave Nugent, but in the time they had on the pitch yesterday against Man City I felt both looked good and very keen to make their mark and take their chance.

Taylor put in a good 2nd half shift and the look on his face late on when he was battling with a City player over a throw-in, when the fella would not give him the ball in my thinking was not the look of a fella that is wanting to move in.

Nugent got in due to Kanu’s injury and talking to sky sports after the game Redknapp had some words of praise for him too: ‘their goalkeeper made a fantastic save from Glen, and nine times out of 10 the shot that Nugent hit against the post will go in, but that’s the way it goes.

‘He looked livelier, if that shot had gone in it would have been nice for him and us.

‘We are looking for anybody to score. But that’s good for David, he’s only not been getting in because Kanu and Benji have done so well’.

Although it might be a naive thought – I do not think either looked like players that want away from Pompey, if they did they would not have been as up for the fight as they were and you could see that both were, they had that look about them – and not a look of ‘I am in the shop window’ here…

I have been impressed with the attitude of both to be honest, particularly Taylor whose column on setanta sports is something that I often read, he never seems to be of the mentality that he is anything less than understanding of his current situation, he realises that he has to wait for a chance and when it comes he must take it.

His recent oversight with Noe Pamarot preferred at left back could have been a sign that it was the beginning of the end for him – I thought it was, but unless he decides he wants to go I now have this feeling he will stay, as he wants to be a part of this club.

As for Nugent he just needs that lucky break, the injury to Kanu gave him this and in all fairness he took it, as he came on and worked hard, he was looking for the ball and not waiting for it.

When your luck is out the sorts of shots that he hit do hit the post and come out but he should take something from this and I feel he will and now also believe – maybe more in hope? – that he too will now be here to stay…


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