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Rob Tanner's Burnley v City verdict - Nugent returns to haunt his former club


Leicester City fans will be hoping David Nugent does not move on to pastures new anytime soon.

Not just because he is City's top-scorer and most likely match winner, but he also has a tendency to return to haunt his former clubs.

Nugent's winner at Turf Moor was his seventh goal against the Clarets. That's one more than he scored for them while on a season-long loan in the Premiership three seasons ago.

That fact that he was so warmly welcomed back at Turf Moor and still got an ovation from the Clarets fans when he was substituted after delivering the killer blow, shows how highly regarded and appreciated he is by his former employers. That's even though he is often the merchant of doom with his new clubs.

Nugent is the focal point of City's attack and, when he is on song, they look a much more potent force. At Hull, he was off colour and, as a consequence, so were City.

However, at Turf Moor, although City were still not on top form as an attacking force, Nugent was and that proved to be the difference.

A week ago, City did perform well against Cardiff City but it was one man – Craig Bellamy– who ensured the points returned to south Wales.

Bellamy had the quality to take the one chance that presented itself. Nugent did exactly the same at Burnley.

Burnley possess such a striker in Charlie Austin, but his departure after just eight minutes with a reoccurrence of an injury was a shattering blow for the hosts.

It was also a huge boost for Nigel Pearson's men as they looked to record only their second win in seven games.

The game had been a lifeless, drab affair and neither side really looked like making a breakthrough until the 31st minute. Then, Wes Morgan showed remarkable nimbleness for such a big man to swivel on the touchline and flick a low cross into the six-yard box and Nugent converted it with the deftest of touches.

One goal always seemed to be enough after that point as both sides huffed and puffed without possessing the zip or spark to hurt the opposition, although substitute Marko Futacs did smash a fierce shot against the bar at the death.

It was Nugent's 12th of the campaign and this season is proving to be the best of his career so far as he bids to reach the 20-goal mark for the first time in his career.

He looks capable of achieving that feat, although it will be interesting to see how the impending arrival of Chris Wood will affect his role.

Wood is a target-man, who also has a good touch, and an eye for goal as his 11 goals for Millwall demonstrates.

Wood's arrival could boost Nugent's goal-scoring chances even more if they can strike up a good understanding.

Rob Tanner's Burnley v City verdict  - Nugent returns to haunt his former club

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