Leicester City strike partner will bring best out in me, says David Nugent
Leicester City top-scorer David Nugent believes playing alongside Chris Wood will bring out the best in him.
Nugent is already having a great season, but he says the arrival of Wood, who has scored six goals in his first four games ahead of today's FA Cup fourth-round tie at Huddersfield Town, has eased the burden on himself.
The Terriers will be fully aware of the immediate understanding that Nugent and Wood have struck up.
The duo combined superbly for Wood's two goals on his debut in City's 6-1 hammering of Huddersfield on New Year's Day.
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Wood then returned the compliment for Nugent's winner against Middlesbrough last Friday.
"We have struck up an instant understanding," said Nugent.
"We do seem to complement each other, as you saw in the game against Huddersfield.
"I set him up twice and it is nice to play with someone I can play off.
"Against Middlesbrough, I gave him a shout so he knew I was running.
"It was just about whether he could put the ball in the right spot, and it was just perfect for me to hit first time.
"He is great to play with. He is still only 21 but he has already done so much in the game.
"He has played in a World Cup and the Olympics. He has achieved a lot already but he can go on to good things.
"It is nice for someone to come in and score a few more goals, because it takes the pressure off me a bit.
"I want to keep scoring, but it is nice that we are scoring a lot of goals and more people are chipping in.
"I seem to like playing off big, strong strikers. I tend to play in and around them more than just running in behind.
"He holds the ball up well and I play off him, and try to get into the box.
"I have always played with a big man in my career and that is when I play my best football.
"I have been more of a team player lately, by setting up goals, but it was nice to get back on the goalscoring trail against Middlesbrough."
Nugent believes Huddersfield will be determined to knock City out of the cup this afternoon and exact revenge for their two defeats earlier this season, and especially the 6-1 drubbing.
"I think it will make them more dangerous because they will want payback," he said.
"They have not won in 12 league games and conceded four again on Saturday against Watford, so it is up to us to take advantage of that.
"We are in good form and, if we play to our ability, there will only be one winner.
"But there are always upsets in the FA Cup, and Hudders-field will be up for it."