Tommy beats the bug and Scunny
Goal hero Tommy Miller climbed out of his sick bed to ensure Ipswich Town enter their bold new era sitting in a Championship play-off place.His stunning 83rd minute goal ensured a 3-2 victory against Scunthorpe United at Portman Road on Saturday to lift the Blues up to sixth place.
By Elvin King
Goal hero Tommy Miller climbed out of his sick bed to ensure Ipswich Town enter their bold new era sitting in a Championship play-off place.
His stunning 83rd minute goal ensured a 3-2 victory against Scunthorpe United at Portman Road on Saturday to lift the Blues up to sixth place.
Marcus Evans' takeover of the club will be ratified at a shareholders emergency general
meeting at the Ipswich Corn Exchange tonight, and thanks to Miller he will be taking over a winning club.
But on Friday, thoughts that he might beat his pal Joe Murphy in the Scunny goal for such a timely goal were far from Miller's thoughts.
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“I was really under the weather,” said the 28-year-old, who missed Tuesday's 3-1 win over Leicester with a virus. “I lost three and half kilos in weight and had flu symptoms plus a sickness bug.
“My 14-month-old twins were also very much under the weather, and to be honest football was a long way from my thoughts.
“But I declared myself available for selection after a training session on Friday even though I still felt weak and light headed.”
Miller came on as substitute to replace Gavin Williams in the 58th minute, and his goal made it 14 wins in the current 15-match home unbeaten run.
His free-kick found a way round the defensive wall and beyond Murphy, who Miller played with at Sunderland.
“Joe was deputy to Kelvin Davis at the Stadium of Light,” added Miller. “He gave me a brief smile at the end.
“Our free-kicks have not been the best this season, but this one went just where I wanted.
“It was an exact replica of a free-kick I converted in a pre-season friendly at Crawley, going round the wall and across the goalkeeper.
“We huffed and puffed and were not as fluent as we would have liked, but we hit the woodwork twice and could have won by more.”
Miller looks upon the Evans takeover a milestone in the history of Ipswich Town.
He explained: “It will be a huge boost to the club, the fans and the town.
“I am sure the manager will spend his new money wisely, and we will be all set up for a return to the Premier League.”