Nugent to face old boss
David Nugent is preparing to put one over on former manager Billy Davies.
By Chris Harvey
Last Updated: 10/08/07 2:29pm
David Nugent is looking to put his Premier League goalscoring credentials to the test when his Portsmouth side face Derby County.
The meeting at Pride Park sees Pompey's new signing come up against former mentor Billy Davies.
Rams boss Davies signed Nugent for Preston for just £100,000 two years ago and is waiting to welcome the striker whose career he has significantly shaped.
Nugent notched 33 goals in 94 league games for Preston and scored on his England debut in Estonia last season.
He also scored three in Pompey's unbeaten pre-season programme and insisted: "I've always believed I could score goals in the Premier League and now Harry (Redknapp) has given me the chance
"He's set me a target of 10 in my first season and if I make double figures I will be delighted.
"But I'm confident I can. Even if it means upsetting Billy Davies. It will be great to see him again but he'll expect no favours from me.
"Billy is a feisty Scot and will have Derby fired up to give us a really tough game.
"He got Preston to the finals of two play-offs before he moved on and he's done brilliantly to get Derby up.
"Now they are everybody's favourites to go down again but Billy is a good manager and he will have more success - hopefully, after tomorrow."
Redknapp is confident Portsmouth will keep improving and make the UEFA cup this time but admitted: "There are still some key areas under question and the biggest one is whether we can weigh in with enough goals."
They managed only 45 in the league last season, bitterly disappointing for the manager who is convinced just a little more penetration would have earned a place in the top six.
He added: "We've brought in Sylvain Distin and Muntari, who look fantastic. We are strong defensively but there are question marks over our front players and, apart from Matt Taylor, we got only a handful of goals from midfield. So that's another area to look at.
"We are asking can (Lomana) LuaLua get more than just the two he scored last year, can Benjani (Mwaruwari) get more than his six? Can Nugent step up and score goals in the top league? All vital questions."