Nugent loves to be cast as Portman Road villain

DAVID Nugent has got a hold over the Blues.

And he says that the more Town fans wind him up the more it makes him want to score.

The striker netted his eighth goal in eight games against Ipswich with a 55th minute low shot after the home team had missed chance after chance.

And he agreed that he revelled in his celebrations.

“It was an exuberant celebration because I wanted to go in front of all four stands,” said Nugent.

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“I was getting stick from every side so I wanted to show each area how pleased I was.

“The stick I always get from Ipswich fans does not bother me at all. In fact the more they wind me up the more I want to hit the back of the net.

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“I don’t know why I get stick at Portman Road and it is Ipswich and Norwich City fans who give me the most stick.

“The referee asked me why I ran round the pitch after scoring and then had a word and asked me to calm down.”

Nugent, who has now scored 11 goals this season, is refusing to shave his beard off while Pompey’s winning run continues with 12 points now from their last four games.

And he explained that moving to Ipswich was never really a possibility when he was being chased by previous Blues manager Jim Magilton.

“I was unfit and had been for a while so it was never going to happen,” he said. “I knew of the interest, but it never got close.”

Nugent is out of contract in the summer and so is Town skipper David Norris who Pompey boss Steve Cotterill is confident of signing on a free transfer in July.

Some sort of swap deal has been mentioned with an on-form Nugent a candidate to score the goals that Ipswich are currently failing to score and will need if next season is going to be more productive than this.

But Norris is in no hurry at all to leave Portman Road, and Nugent is likely to be given a good offer to stay where he is.

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