We were hungrier at Wolves - Miller
TOMMY Miller today looked back on his first game as Ipswich Town captain and predicted: “If we continue to play like that anything is still possible this season."
TOMMY Miller today looked back on his first game as Ipswich Town captain and predicted: “If we continue to play like that anything is still possible this season.”
The Blues fully deserved their 0-0 draw at Coca-Cola Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux last night that keeps them on the fringe of the race for a play-off place.
And Miller, who took over the armband from the suspended Gareth McAuley, admitted that the players let manager Jim Magilton down in the 3-0 home defeat by Southampton last Tuesday.
“We were hungry to make amends for that,” said Miller. “And even hungrier because we did not have a game at the weekend to get the Saints performance out of our system.
“We went for a win and nearly got it at the end. If we carry on in this vein we still have a chance of going up.
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“We let the manager down last week, and as squad members have said before so many times we are right behind him.
“He takes disappointment hard and there is no one more downhearted when things do not go our way.
“We wanted to show that we share his desires.“
Miller cleared the bar with a close range effort in the final minutes, and recalled: “The ball bounced up a bit and went too high.
“I am not sure a defender got a touch, but the referee gave a corner.
“And we could have nicked it with Jon Stead having a chance and Luca Civelli sending in a pile-driver that would have been a goal if it had been a yard or two wide of the keeper.
“Everything stopped expecting offside when Jon got the ball, and it was perhaps the keeper's reaction that may have put Jon off.
“He did well to get his eventual shot in but this was cleared by a defender.
“Our back four were outstanding, and we must now build on this with a win at Reading on Saturday.
“We will certainly have no fear going there and will be encouraged by last night.”
Miller said that it was mentioned last week that he would be skipper in McAuley's absence. “But it was not confirmed until Monday night,“ he said.
“I was a regular captain as a youth player, but in adult football I have only captained Hartlepool - and that was on just one occasion.
“It was an honour and a proud moment for me. There were other candidates, but I know the club inside out.”