His decisive attack at Carrows Road, prompting Leicester in the FA Cup quarter final at the expense of a side of boiled Norwich, marked the revival of a talent that we had forgotten for a long time.
You could be forgiven for delete England Nugent of the memory exhibition. After all, it consisted of only one goal in the 93rd minute against Andorra in 2007.
The striker embarked on a spell of four years at Portsmouth, failing to return near a three lions jersey. But the guarantee that had captured winner of Leicester, omitting last Leon Barnett before fishing his finish beyond an extensive Jed Steer, hinted at a player rediscovering their level of comfort.
“My career seemed to go down since he played in England,” he admitted Nugent, who joined Leicester on a free transfer last summer.
“At Portsmouth was down: will not lie.” But it is for me to return my best, scoring goals. This was a great goal. I had an opportunity to spend Barnett, the ‘ keeper came running and slid into the bottom corner. “I felt that it was right to kill the game after that.”
The euphoria of the success of the Cup is a familiar feeling for 26 years, part of Portsmouth which won the Cup in 2008.
“We played Manchester United that year and the pace that they 1-0: Sulley Muntari scored,” reflected. “When it comes to this buzz to beat a great team, you think that you can get to the final, and I’m starting to have that feeling again at Leicester.” Two seasons later, Portsmouth were in the final of the Cup, but it was on loan at Burnley. “I’ve won once: don’t want to be greedy”.
Nugent joy in the East Midlands was exacerbated by the presence in the Leicester of Sean St Ledger, of former Preston teammate and fellow scorer in this fifth round of disgust. The pair of room together on trips away from home and choose prepare to kick empty bottles of Lucozade in waste paper trays.
“We always have a few lined up bottles and if you arrive in the bin you know you’re going to score,” said Nugent. “Sean is a great kid, I’ve met him a couple of years ago.” “We are really good friends.”
For Nugent, a second call to England ranks remains a perspective so remote as a final victory for Cup Leicester, particularly when Harry Redknapp, the figure that it froze you the starting XI at Fratton Park, is the main option to seize the national side.
“Harry I bought for Portsmouth but we do not see eye for an eye,” he acknowledged. “If he got the job would be up I impress him”.
The skills presented here, however, they were more than enough for Manager of Leicester Nigel Pearson, who said: “David is so sure.” He plays with a smile on his face. It is a very positive influence and its pace of work is exceptional. “It is a very popular team player and showed quality has”.
It was a brighter verdict which could be applied to Norwich, for whom Wes Hoolahan scored in the rebound after his penalty had been saved. His performance was flat against Championship opposition.
“We do enough”, he lamented the Norwich manager Paul Lambert. “You cannot take anything of Leicester.” “They deserve to pass.”
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