It’s no wonder David Nugent gets stick from Ipswich fans from the moment he trots out at Portman Road.
The Blues striker has an enviable goalscoring record against the Tractor Boys that has made him public enemy number one whenever he’s in the vicinity of Suffolk.
In seven appearances against Ipswich Town, Nugent has found the net an impressive six times – his most recent strike being the goal that set Pompey on their way to FA Cup glory in 2008 in the third-round clash.
And what’s perhaps more worrying for the home fans when Pompey visit tomorrow is Nugent has never failed to score at Portman Road.
On top of that, he has never left that ground with anything other than a victory in his previous three visits, or lost a competitive game to Ipswich.
Nugent said: ‘It’s a crazy record. Even when I played against them for Preston, I seemed to score against them.
‘I’ve scored every time I’ve played at Portman Road so hopefully that will continue.
‘The fans there always give me a bit of stick.
‘It gives me a bit of an edge because they don’t really like me.
‘It must be something about that area because the Norwich fans hated me as well this season!
‘But I don’t mind that – it spurs me on a bit more. I love that banter and I love winding them up – although I don’t really mean it!
‘It just makes me want to do well when they give you some stick.’
Just a few games ago Pompey appeared to be steeling themselves for a battle against relegation. But after three straight wins, the Blues are now looking upwards.
While most would argue they have too much ground to make up on the top six, Nugent is among those who has not yet written off Pompey’s play-off aspirations.
He said: ‘We’re 13 points behind and we’ve got a game in hand so it could be down to 10 points if we beat Scunthorpe next week.
‘We go into every game trying to win it and we have to see what happens with the teams above us.
‘If our home form carries on improving then it will give us a chance of making the play-offs.
‘We’re confident of going anywhere now. Tomorrow, we’re going to a team with a new manager and they’re going pretty well.
‘But I’ve scored every time I’ve been up there so hopefully it will happen again.’