Nugent: 'I knew I would score'

ENGLAND international David Nugent continues to be the scourge of Ipswich Town having knocked them out of the FA Cup on Saturday.Blues fans should have winced when he was sent on at the start of the second half for Pedro Mendes, who took a knock when tackled by Liam Trotter.

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ENGLAND international David Nugent continues to be the scourge of Ipswich Town having knocked them out of the FA Cup on Saturday.

Blues fans should have winced when he was sent on at the start of the second half for Pedro Mendes, who took a knock when tackled by Liam Trotter.

Former Preston striker Nugent has now scored seven goals in six games in his career against Ipswich - plus an England Under-21 goal in a match at Portman Road.

He turned Pompey into a much more potent force on his arrival, and he revealed that he could not wait to get on the field.

Nugent said: “Portman Road is my lucky ground - I knew I was going to score.

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“There is something about the place that gets the best out of me.

“I had a feeling things would go my way after a frustrating season, and hopefully I can now move on and take the opportunity created by players leaving for the African Cup of Nations.”

Town defender Alex Bruce, a contender for the Blues man of the match after a strong game at the heart of the home defence, accused referee Mark Halsey of “spoiling” the game.

“It was never a sending-off when Liam Trotter was shown a red card,” said Bruce.

“In one moment the referee spoiled the game and took the heart out of the tie.

“I thought he was going to have a word with Liam.

“At worst it was a booking, but to show him a red card was wrong and shows the harsh world we live in.

“Common sense should have prevailed and I know the manager was really annoyed about it.

“Liam's a bright teenager with a terrific future. He feels terrible, but there's no need.”

Bruce admitted it was a blow to be knocked out and was disappointed with Nugent's goal.

“It was a shame and when mistakes are made it's down to individuals to take responsibility,” he added.

“They don't need other people to shout about it or point the finger.”