Pompey bid for points on first visit to Keepmoat

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PORTSMOUTH star David Nugent believes Pompey can break their 2011 victory duck against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium tomorrow.

The Blues make their first-ever visit to the Keepmoat Stadium having picked up just two Championship points since the turn of the year.

Rovers won 3-2 at Fratton Park in November and have been beaten just three times at home this season by Derby, Reading and Barnsley. Pompey have – at times – looked impressive on their travels this and Nugent, one of a number of former Premier Division stars in their ranks, is confident they can secure a positive result.

In their last six away league games the Blues have won at Swansea and Norwich, drawn at Leeds and been unlucky to emerge with nothing from trips to QPR and Nottingham Forest. Their only poor performance was in defeat at Watford on New Year’s Day.

Said Nugent: “We battered Forest at their place and lost in injury-time, while we won at Swansea and Norwich.

“So we can do it – we just have to have the confidence in ourselves to believe we can do it.

“Hopefully we can claim the three points we need at Doncaster to start climbing away from the bottom.

“We saw when we played Doncaster at Fratton Park earlier in the season that they can play football. But we battered them in the second half and they were hanging on towards the end.

But Nugent concedes that Pompey’s first-half performances must improve if they are to climb the table.

The striker, who scored his ninth goal of the season in the 1-1 draw against Derby last Saturday to eclipse Liam Lawrence as the club’s leading scorer in 2010/11,, said: “We don’t start games as well as we should do, although we absolutely battered QPR for an hour when we played them the other day.”

Rovers were playing at Belle Vue the last time Pompey were visitors, in April 1983. They won 2-0 on their way to the Division Three title.