Vital Football

Latest Cardiff City News

Pompey One To Watch: Dave Nugent

Pompey One To Watch: Dave Nugent

Cardiff City travel to face Portsmouth at Fratton Park this weekend, looking to inflict more misery on the cash strapped Pompey, who have picked up just one point from their three games so far this season.

Portsmouth's fortunes have deteriorated massively since 'that day' back in May 2008 when Harry Redknapp's side squeezed past the Bluebirds thanks to a Kanu finish from enckelman's fumble. Administration, player sales and key personnel changes have seen a slump from UEFA place challengers and established Premiership outfit, to a small and weakened squad and persistent financial turmoil.

Nevertheless, Fratton Park is an intimidating place to visit, and a quick glance at the Pompey teamsheet is sufficient to know that on their day, Portsmouth can beat anyone in this division. What thety lack in strnght-in-depth, is made up for by expereince and quality running through the morale-sapped club.

Jame AShdown is a good 'keeper, looking to emerge from David James' shadow. The livewire Tommy Smith, and experienced duo of Richard Hughes and Hayden Mullins point to an impressive core of players, capable of challenging in this league despite financial uncertainty. In Mokoena and Marc Wilson at the back, they have a very strong looking defence - hopefully Wilson will be departed by the weekend match - with Stoke his likely destination.

However, another player of not in the Pompey line-up is exciting forward David Nugent. The former Preston North End star always looked destined to play in the Premiershi, but has never gotten a prolonged run - there is absolutely no doubting however, that Nugent remains a potent threat in the Championship - and will score goals.

Nugent spent much of last season on loan with over-performing Burnleym, but the Clarets were eventually relegated despite a useful contribution of 6 goals from Nugent.

The Bluebirds have a strong attacking unit, but remain defensively frail, shipping two second half goals to Peterborough United during the week. Nugent will pose far more of a threat than Mackail-Smith and co, and Pomepey will surely show more attacking intent at home than Doncaster Rovers applied last weekend during the 4-0 home win for City.

Portsmouth are currently in the relegation zone of the embryonic Championship table - the quality in the squad suggests they will not stay there too long.

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Bluebirdshroom
Date:Friday August 27 2010
Time: 11:51AM

Comments

0
well thank you for your kind words about our club/team..as for DN.....I will be surprised if manages to score. Where as your new superstar local celeb, he always scores at FP it seems, two fantastic solo pieces for Rovers a few years back. Good luck for the season-
plymouth graham
27/08/2010 12:29:00
0
Think its make or break time for nugent now, i know he's not been great for Pompey but dropping down a level - think he might have a great season
bluebirdshroom
27/08/2010 12:52:00
0
don't know mutch about him really.
aderynglas
27/08/2010 16:08:00
0
Tbh chaps we are more worried about Bellamy
russellm
27/08/2010 18:13:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Cardiff City Articles

Slade Set For Charlton Or Blackburn?

It was reported over the weekend that former manager Russell Slade had been interviewed for the vacant post at Blackburn Rovers, and he's also moved up the...

German Tour & New Cardiff Friendlies

In the last few days Cardiff City have announced a pre season mini tournament in Germany and a few more summer friendlies ahead of the 2016/17 season.

How Much Have Cardiff Earned Since 1992?

With the £100million television ceiling being broken this season and handed to one club, where do Cardiff City fall in all time Premier League payments table?

Who Will Cardiff City Face In 2016/17 (30/5/16)

All promotions and relegations for the season of 2015/16 have been confirmed, so the full make up of the Championship for 2016/17 is now known.

Archived Vital Cardiff Articles

Vital Cardiff articles from

Site Journalists

Whittingham's Left Peg
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Birmingham MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Marshall4%
Peltier0%
Connolly27%
Turner13%
Malone4%
Noone0%
O'Keefe0%
Whittingham4%
Lawrence4%
Pilkington27%
Immers4%
Sub - Zohore0%
Sub - Harris0%
Sub - Ecuele Manga13%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Burnley 46 26 15 5 93 37
P Middlesbrough 46 26 11 9 89 32
3 Brighton 46 24 17 5 89 30
4 Hull City 46 24 11 11 83 34
5 Derby County 46 21 15 10 78 23
6 Sheff Wed 46 19 17 10 74 21
7 Ipswich 46 18 15 13 69 2
8 Cardiff 46 17 17 12 68 5
9 Brentford 46 19 8 19 65 5
10 Birmingham 46 16 15 15 63 4
11 Preston 46 15 17 14 62 0
12 Q.P.R. 46 14 18 14 60 0
13 Leeds Utd 46 14 17 15 59 -8
14 Wolves 46 14 16 16 58 -5
15 Blackburn 46 13 16 17 55 0
16 Forest 46 13 16 17 55 -4
17 Reading 46 13 13 20 52 -7
18 Bristol City 46 13 13 20 52 -17
19 Huddersfield 46 13 12 21 51 -11
20 Fulham 46 12 15 19 51 -13
21 Rotherham 46 13 10 23 49 -18
R Charlton 46 9 13 24 40 -40
R MK Dons 46 9 12 25 39 -30
R Bolton 46 5 15 26 30 -40
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Cardiff City Results (view all)

Cardiff City Fixtures (view all)