Wembley is in Nugent's sights

David Nugent hopes Vicarage Road continues to be a happy hunting ground as he aims to fire Leicester into the npower Championship play-off final.

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David Nugent: Has a good scoring record against Watford

David Nugent: Has a good scoring record against Watford

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Nugent's late goal on Thursday night has given the Foxes the edge heading into the second leg of the semi-final against Watford on Sunday.

The striker has a good goalscoring record against the Hornets, especially on their patch.

He has netted both home and away against Watford in each of the past two seasons for Leicester and also has goals at Vicarage Road on his record during his spells with Portsmouth and Preston.

"I've got a good record against Watford, particularly down there, so I hope it can carry on," Nugent said. "They seem to be a team that I always score against, so I'm quite pleased that we've got Watford in the next game.

"I've scored there for Preston, I've scored there for Portsmouth and I've scored there for Leicester in the last few seasons so hopefully I can carry it on and that will be the case again on Sunday.

"It would be great if I could do it again and help get the club to Wembley."

Nugent's goal on Thursday night was his first in 17 matches. The 28-year-old headed home Anthony Knockaert's free-kick with eight minutes remaining for his 15th goal of the season, having been stuck on 14 since scoring the winner in a 2-1 home victory over Wolves on January 31.

After ending his barren run, Leicester's leading scorer said: "I should have more goals, really. Ever since I said I want to get 20 for the season, I haven't scored. I'll never be saying that again and setting targets again.

"I said I wanted 15 at the start of the season but obviously when I was on 14 with something like 16 games left, I changed it and thought I should try to get 20. I jinxed myself."

The Liverpool-born forward added: "After finally getting on the scoresheet again, I'll quite happily settle for just one per game now for the rest of the season."

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson was also pleased to see his striker break his duck and hopes the goal in the first leg is a good sign for the Foxes.

He said: "Normally with him when he gets one goal he goes on to get two, three or four. He tends to score his goals in batches.

"Hopefully that might bode well for us heading into Sunday's game."

Pearson reported no injury problems following Thursday night's encounter and he could name an unchanged starting line up for the third straight match.

Paul Konchesky returned from a minor hernia operation and was on the bench for the first leg. A possible change could see him recalled at left-back at the expense of Jeff Schlupp.

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