By Tony Leighton
A Thursday night winner against Wolverhampton Wanderers has kept Leicester City striker David Nugent bang on course to hit his double target of 20 goals for himself and promotion to the Premier League for the in-form Foxes.
Nugent struck his 14th goal of the season to clinch a 2-1 victory, his team's fifth successive npower Championship success, after Wolves left-winger Bakary Sako had cancelled out Anthony Knockaert's first-half opener.
The result bolstered Leicester's second in the table standing and saw Nugent move closer to not just reaching 20 goals, but passing his best season's return of 21, that coming in 2004/05 when he hit 12 for Bury in npower League 2 and a further nine in the Championship following a January move to Preston North End.
Crucially, his last three Leicester goals have all been winners, the two before Wolves arriving in 1-0 victories Burnley and Middlesbrough.
"It's going great for me at the moment," said Nugent, 27, who joined the Foxes from Portsmouth in July 2011 and scored 16 goals last term. "I seem to be getting those vital goals that get us three points, so I'm happy.
"I've got 18 games left to add six and reach my target of 20, and hopefully if I get there I can set myself a new target - and if I can get the goals to keep us in those top two spots and get us into the Premier League, that would be fantastic."
Nugent has benefited in the last couple of months through the arrival of new strike partner Chris Wood, who joined the club from West Bromwich Albion.
New Zealand international Wood had hit 11 goals while on loan at Millwall earlier in the season and has made a sensational start to his career at the King Power Stadium, scoring seven times in his first six outings.
Nugent said: "Woody's been different class since he's come in, and we clicked straight away. He's a big strong lad, he holds the ball up well and you can tell from the way we work for each other that we work well together.
"He's scored a lot of goals and I've been playing off him. The partnership is working wonders at the moment and we're really bouncing off each other. He scores, he sets me up and I set him up, so we've got a good partnership."
Leicester's firepower could be key to Nigel Pearson's team clinching promotion, and Nugent is quietly confident of a successful end to the campaign.
"We've got great belief," he said. "The last time we got into this position in the table we didn't win for five or six games, but we've been there for two games this time so we've done better than the last occasion - and we aim to stay there."
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