Nugent backed for double figures

Lawrence expects team-mate to be back in goalscoring form

Nugent: Seven goals in 55 games

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New Portsmouth midfielder Liam Lawrence has backed team-mate David Nugent to rediscover his goalscoring touch.

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The striker has scored just once in 10 appearances this season after drawing another blank in Tuesday's Carling Cup defeat to Leicester.

One-time England international Nugent's struggles have mirrored those of Portsmouth as the Fratton Park club continue to prop up the Championship after registering only two points.

But ahead of Friday's repeat fixture against Leicester, this time in the league and available to view on Sky Sports HD3/3, Lawrence is confident his club colleague will score double figures in the campaign.

Lawrence, who scored Pompey's goal in their 2-1 cup defeat to the Foxes, said in The News: "I feel for Nuge. He's a good lad, he's honest and runs all day for you.

Willing runner

"He's scored goals before and I still believe this year he will get into double figures.

"He had a couple of chances the other night, but at least he is making the keeper work.

"Leicester's keeper made some good saves - Nuge is not putting them wide or over.

"Even though he missed one in the first half when he went through - when the keeper actually saved it - he carries on running for you, his head doesn't go down and he is always willing.

"If we keep getting him the ball he will score, I am sure he will."

Nugent, 25, has scored only seven goals from 55 appearances in four seasons since his £6million switch from Preston.