Nugent receives a timely booster

David Nugent
David Nugent
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Steve Cotterill believes David Nugent’s Derby County cracker was the ideal dose of medicine to help the Pompey striker’s recovery from illness.

The Blues front man netted a classy last-minute equaliser in the 1-1 draw with the Rams after shaking off a bout of flu that had threatened his involvement in the game.

The bullet half-volley was the former Preston forward’s ninth goal of the campaign and Cotterill is hopeful it will now be the start of another productive run of goals.

The Blues boss said: ‘Nugent has been under the weather for about four or five days but was slightly better.

‘He was shivering and all of that stuff.

‘But, hopefully, that goal and a week’s training will give him a bit of a boost.’

The strike ended a seven-game run without a goal for Nugent but Cotterill felt it was a timely effort.

He said: ‘I was looking in the programme before the game and saw that it was December 28 against Leeds that he last scored, which was a bit of a surprise.

‘So it was an important goal for Nuge, although perhaps he didn’t have his best game.

‘He’s certainly played a lot better than that but it was a great finish.’

Meanwhile, Dave Kitson, has now gone six games without scoring – and has just one goal to his name in his past 15 outings since October.

Cotterill said: ‘You always want your strikers to score.

‘The ideal scoreline is to win 2-0 – both your strikers score and your back four keep a clean sheet but it doesn’t always work that way.’