Signings will give us impetus - Miller

TOMMY Miller has insisted that the new signings will give Ipswich Town the extra impetus to win promotion.

Derek Davis

TOMMY Miller has insisted that the new signings will give Ipswich Town the extra impetus to win promotion.

Alan Quinn has already made an impression after making his home debut against Plymouth last week and scoring in his return to Sheffield Wednesday as Town ended their away-day hoodoo.

Although the midfielder has been hampered by a swollen ankle he is expected to play against Watford today.

David Norris was instrumental in that win at Hillsborough, along with new keeper Stephen Bywater, while Macedonian international Velice Sumulikoski had a vital last ten minutes.

Even though Miller's midfield position is under threat he sees the additions as a good thing.

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He said: “It is good for the squad that the manager has brought in new players. As they are midfielders it keeps you on your toes and it is all good competition.

“I have not come here to sit in the stands and I have the shirt at the moment. I want to be playing week in week out and I'm pleased to be in the team at the moment.”

Victory today will cement town's place in the play-offs but Miller feels they can look at the top two and automatic promotion.

He said: “We can finish wherever we want. We know that if we can get on a run we will find ourselves right up there it is wide open.

“There are not many points between us and teams around us will fancy their chances as it is wide open but if we get on that run we fancy out chances.”

The main negative this season has been the lack of an away win but Hillsborough changed all that and Miller feels the team will benefit further.

He said: “The team has developed well. We are playing especially well at home. We are knocking the ball around well, creating plenty of chances, scoring and winning games even when we are not doing well.

“Winning away has given us a lot of confidence, it was a big win that took a monkey off out back and it has lifted everyone in training this week. That was a big three points.

“If we can keep winning at home and pick up a few more points away then we have a realistic chance.”

Town lost at Vicarage Road in the early part of the season and even without Marlon King, Miller expects them to remain a handful.

He said: “We know what to expect from Watford. They are very direct and the way they play, gets them results.

“We will need to be careful from set plays as they have big lads and Leigh Bromby has a big throw but if we play as we can we fancy our chances.”

The former Sunderland and Hartlepool midfielder admits he would like to be contributing more in the way of goals but accepts he has a key role to play anchoring the midfield.

With Sumulikoski pushing to make his full debut at home, Miller is hoping to get the nod over Owen Garvan who played for the Republic of Ireland in their loss to England Under-21s on Tuesday.

It could be though that Norris pushes into central midfield with Jon Walters going on the right allowing Alan Lee to return up front after scoring the winner against Wednesday.

Ipswich Town: Bywater, Colgan, Wright, Harding, de Vos, Bruce, Naylor, Trotter, Sumulikoski, Roberts, Garvan, Miller, Norris, Quinn, Haynes, Walters, Lee, Counago.

Watford: Lee, Poom, Doyley, Mariappa, Bromby, Sadler, Shittu, Priskin, Smith, Bangura, Eustace, O'Toole, Ainsworth, Kabba, Ellington, Henderson.