Nugent to lead line against former club at Fratton Park

David Nugent and former Clarets boss Steve Cotterill
David Nugent and former Clarets boss Steve Cotterill

FORMER Clarets loan man David Nugent will lead the line for Steve Cotterill’s depleted Portsmouth at Fratton Park tonight.

Nugent, who scored six goals in 30 appearances for Burnley in the Premier League last season, has eight goals so far this term back at parent club Pompey.

And he is expected to partner veteran Nigerian Kanu as Dave Kitson sits out the last of his three-match ban for his dismissal in the FA Cup against Brighton.

Also suspended is former Blackburn skipper Aaron Mokoena, who is out after collecting 10 yellow cards.

On-loan right back Ritchie De Laet is a doubt with a groin problem picked up in the 2-2 draw with Leeds on Saturday, with Greg Halford on standby to fill in.

Cotterill faces his old club for the first time since leaving by mutual consent in November 2007, and he is expected to select from (4-4-2): Ashdown; De Laet/Halford, Rocha, Sonko, Dickinson; Lawrence, Ward, Mullins, Utaka; Nugent, Kanu.

Pompey are without a win in seven games, with four defeats sandwiched by two draws against Leeds.

• Three of the Clarets’ remaining reserve-team games in the totesport.com league have been re-arranged.

Burnley’s trip to Shrewsbury Town, originally due to be played on Wednesday, January 26th, will now take place on Wednesday, February 23rd (kick-off 2 p.m.).

The Clarets’ home fixture against Macclesfield Town has been moved from Tuesday, February 8th to Monday, April 11th at Turf Moor (kick-off 7 p.m.).

And Burnley’s game away to Bury, scheduled for Tuesday, March 1st has been put back a day to Wednesday, March 2nd (kick-off 7 p.m.) at Radcliffe Borough.

• BURNLEY Supporters’ Club: Portsmouth, Colne bus station noon, Nelson bus station 12-10 p.m., Queensgate 12-20 p.m., Turf Moor 12-30 p.m., Tim Bobbin 12-40 p.m., Rawtenstall 1 p.m.

Doncaster Rovers, Colne bus station 4 p.m., Nelson bus station 4-10 p.m., Queensgate 4-20 p.m., Turf Moor 4-30 p.m., Tim Bobbin 4-40 p.m., Rawtenstall 5 p.m.

All bookings to Joyce and Stefan Haluk (421234 or 07910549633).

It is proposed to run a weekend trip on March 18th to coincide with the away game at Bristol City, depart Friday, March 18th, staying at The Marriott Hotel in Bristol for two nights, dinner, bed and breakfast.

Cost is £180 per person, with a £40 supplerment (single room).

All enquiries to the above numbers.

• CLARETS Development draw week 51 winners: £1,000 winner - F. Dower (W3374); £100 winners - S. Harvey (P6357), R. Carruthers (B1328), S. Lock (M6078), E. Hill (K4901). Jackpot numbers 7, 9, 19, 31, no winner, next week £2,500.