Striker sets Blues goals target

David Nugent celebrates his leveller against Derby
David Nugent celebrates his leveller against Derby
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David Nugent has set himself a 15-goal target as he strives to maintain his best-ever Pompey form.

The 25-year-old bagged his ninth of the campaign with a spectacular last-gasp equaliser against Derby on Saturday.

It is comfortably Nugent’s most productive Blues season already since arriving in the summer of 2007.

In his final campaign at Preston, he netted 17 times to earn a £6m move to Fratton Park.

Since then goals have been hard to come by. But a confident Nugent now has his eyes firmly fixed on hitting the 15 mark before the season is out.

He said: ‘I want 15 goals this season. That’s my target.

‘I’ve got nine so far and I’m now our leading goalscorer. I’m sure that goal will give me a lot confidence to keep carrying it on.

‘It’s harder to score when I am on the left-wing but if I am called upon to play there I am going to cut inside and hopefully get a few more goals.

‘Against Derby I started on the left, was back up front towards the end of the first half, started the second half up front and then moved back to the left.

‘I would rather play up front but it’s a job for the team and the team comes first.

‘And I’m sure I can keep scoring goals.’

Nugent revealed talks are still ongoing over a new Pompey deal.

It was feared the Blues would cash in on him during the transfer window, with his contract up in the summer.

He added: ‘I didn’t hear anything during the window.

‘I’ve said from day one that I wanted to stay until the end of the season.

‘We are still talking about a new deal. There is no rush.’