Miller aims to get a-head
TOMMY Miller has drawn inspiration from the tiniest of sources in his bid to score his first-ever headed goal.Nabil Abidallah, no taller than a garden gnome, got between the Watford centre halves to loop in a headed goal as he leapt to meet a Liam Craig cross in the reserve match on Wednesday.
TOMMY Miller has drawn inspiration from the tiniest of sources in his bid to score his first-ever headed goal, writes Derek Davis.
Nabil Abidallah, no taller than a garden gnome, got between the Watford centre halves to loop in a headed goal as he leapt to meet a Liam Craig cross in the reserve match on Wednesday.
Miller, who is looking to come off the bench and get among the goals against Gillingham today, could not believe what he was seeing.
He said: “I have never scored a header in my life, and he is about 5' 1'' with and he has scored one.
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“It was a great header to finish a great move.
“That has got me going. I'm desperate for a goal. I should have scored against Stoke but I was a bit rusty.”
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Miller has battled back from injury to put himself in the manager's thoughts for regaining a starting place although the side today will be unchanged from the team which beat Crystal Palace and drew at Preston.
But with Chris Bart-Williams suspended next week, Miller knows he has to seize the day.
He said: “The lads have done very well so it is harder to get in the team but if I do then I will look to take my chance.
“With Chris suspended then I may have an opportunity to get in and we will see from there.”
Miller netted against the Gills at Priestfield last season, but had to stave off a challenge from top-scorer Pablo Counago who claimed he got a final touch.
Miller joked: “That was a great goal.
“I told him to get your hands off straight away and the Gaffer said he was sure he didn't get a touch so it was mine.”
The Kent side's top scorer Marlon King is injured and Miller believes they have to get used to not having him.
He said: “They will have to accept him going in the January transfer window.
“It is a big boost for us that he is not playing because he is a danger man.
“That said they do still have some good players. Their manager Andy Hessenthaler is one of the best in this division.
“He does a very good job for them so we will have to keep our wits about us.”
But the former Hartlepool ace midfielder admits the team need to start games better.
He added: “All the lads are flying at the moment and we are showing great confidence. We came back well at Preston and should have won it in the end.
“Even earlier in the season we were not starting very well. We are certainly finishing games very well, so if we can get the start right, then watch us go.”
Miller has been getting match fitness by playing for the second string, which is why he was at Watford to see Abidallah score. He also saw a pearler of a shot from Liam Craig and witnessed a terrific header from an up-and-coming defender
Miller said: “I don't like playing for the reserves but I needed the game and with Martijn and Matt dropping out I played longer than planned but I enjoyed it.
“The young lads around me were excellent, and that young lad Johnnie Mac's header was brilliant and what a strike from young Liam.”
A goal like that will do for Miller this afternoon.