Striker glad to find net in season finale

David Nugent
David Nugent
Matty Kennedy. Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey 1 Southend 0: They said what

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David Nugent breathed a sigh of relief after getting on the scoresheet against Scunthorpe.

His scrappy goal 10 minutes from time rescued a point for Pompey after Ramon Nunez gave the Iron a 26th-minute lead at Glanford Park.

The goal – his 14th of the season – could prove to be his last for the Blues, with the striker’s contract set to expire in the coming weeks.

It was only Pompey’s fourth strike in eight games – a goalscoring ratio that hampered a late push towards the play-offs.

And if it proves to be Nugent’s final act in a Blues shirt, he’s delighted it came on the final day of the season in front the loyal travelling fans.

‘We’d not been scoring many goals this past few games,’ said the striker.

‘The end of season was coming, the lads wanted to go away and it’s been tough.

‘I don’t think our form dipped. We’d been trying our hardest but we hadn’t been creating chances

‘And if you don’t create chances, you don’t score goals.

‘I’m just glad to have scored in the last game of the season and, hopefully, I can carry on when the new season starts in August.

‘We didn’t expect that many fans on Saturday but they came out for the last game of the season and filled that end. Credit to them.’

Pompey were booed off at the interval following a lacklustre opening 45 minutes – a display that also courted criticism from manager Steve Cotterill at the break.

Nugent refused to divulge too much of what was said in the dressing room at half-time.

‘You really don’t want to know what he (Cotterill) said.

‘It was a bit of a rollicking he gave us and deservedly so. We weren’t trying, we weren’t putting enough effort in.

‘We came out in the second half and that second half was probably our best performance of the season.

‘We showed in the second half that we can play football.’

n Linvoy Primus is back in Pompey blue tomorrow night.

His legends side will take on a Soccer AM XI at Fratton Park (7pm).

Tickets start at £2 and are available on the gate.