Four wins needed

TOMMY Miller believes Ipswich Town need at least four victories from their final six games to reach the play-offs.The in-form Blues midfielder, who has caught the eye of Scotland manager Bertie Vogts, is looking for an Easter double, starting at Rotherham today.

TOMMY Miller believes Ipswich Town need at least four victories from their final six games to reach the play-offs.

The in-form Blues midfielder, who has caught the eye of Scotland manager Bertie Vogts, is looking for an Easter double, starting at Rotherham today.

He then hopes to send boyhood favourites Sunderland and his pal Marcus Stewart packing on Monday.

Twelve points would give Ipswich a total of 74 for the season and that should be enough, although Miller can see Sunderland dislodging either Norwich or West Brom to claim an automatic place themselves.


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Miller said: “We will need to win at least four of our remaining games. There are teams out there capable of winning all their games, so we would need at least 12 points.

“Sunderland will be a danger. You can see by the way they bounced back from the FA Cup defeat just how strong they are. Mick McCarthy made changes as well and they still won at Wimbledon.

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“Mick has done a great job there - he has come in and made them a force to be reckoned with.

“Sunderland are a strong team and are capable of pushing into the top two and knocking one of those out of an automatic place.

“They have a lot of good players, you just have to look at the bench, with Marcus Stewart on there last week for example.

“But we can beat them, I didn't play up at the Stadium of Light but the cup game was close and hopefully it will be close again but this time we need to win.”

Miller, who was born 16 miles outside Sunderland in Easington, has been tapped up for plenty of tickets by family and friends from Wearside but he hopes to make his prospective father-in-law a miserable Mackem come Monday night.

The ex-Hartlepool star has hit 10 goals from midfield this season, while former Town favourite Stewart has bagged 14, including the header which relegated Wimbledon on Tuesday.

The Bristol-born hit-man missed the FA Cup win over Ipswich in January due to suspension so will be making his first return as a player.

Miller is sure he will get a rapturous reception but doesn't want him enjoying the day too much.

He said: “Stewy will always score goals so he will have to be watched if he starts on Monday.

“He was a legend here so will get a rousing reception but hopefully he will leave here unhappy.”

First up though is Rotherham and Miller has been working on helping out defensively when Ipswich lose the ball as the team bids to tighten up at the back.

Miller said: “We were too open against West Brom so we have been working on our shape.

“Rotherham are a big team and will cause problems from set pieces so we all have to be clued in.

“They may not be the best passing team in the league but they work their socks off.”

Although Miller has been named in the provisional Scotland squad to face Denmark in Copenhagen on April 28 Ipswich will hope he is not in the final party as they play Sheffield United two days later.

Miller is keen to make his international debut one day but his commitment to the club is total and he is due to have surgery on his jaw as soon as the season finishes, ruling out games in May and June.

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