Leicester City striker David Nugent's relief at reaching 100-goal mark
David Nugent has expressed his relief at reaching 100 career goals and breaking the longest barren run of his career.
The Leicester City striker scored his first goal for 11 games as City came from behind to beat Burnley on Wednesday, and he said the frustration had been growing while was stuck on 99 goals.
"I have kept it quiet for the past 11 games but I did know about it and it is nice to get that monkey off my back," he said.
"It was stretching it on a little bit. The manager mentioned it in the team talk, which put a bit of pressure on me to score, and gladly I did score.
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"My previous longest spell was four games without a goal. It does play on your mind when it is 11 games.
"It is tough, but you keep it to yourself and try not to show it on the pitch.
"I am never going to shy away from getting on the ball. I will always be there, be an option, get the ball and try and score a goal.
"It hasn't been happening for me lately but, thankfully, it is over now
"It wasn't the greatest of goals but, as a striker, when you haven't scored for 11 games, you take any goal as it comes. You sometimes need a scruffy one to go in.
"It was the longest streak without a goal in my career. It hasn't been nice but, hopefully, now I can go on a run.
"I am on the way. It is nice to get the first one and, hopefully, I will get another on Sunday. Our home form is decent and we hope for another good result.
"We have created a lot of chances in previous games. The keepers have made a few saves, and I have missed a few, but you have to be there to miss them.
"I am just glad that we have started to put them away now. It was a vital three points."
Nugent said a half-time tactical switch was the turning point for City as they were behind to Dean Marney's early goal.
"It was a frustrating first half," he said. "The 4-4-2 wasn't working for us and they had that extra man in midfield.
"We kept the ball a lot in the first half but weren't going forward.
"We were mainly going sideways, and nothing was coming from it.
"The gaffer changed the formation at half-time with me up top, Marshall on the left and Vardy on the right, and it paid off."