Miller hopes for goal No. 14
TOMMY Miller goes into tonight's game at Wolves looking to get off the unlucky 13 mark, writes Derek Davis.The Blues midfielder, who has shaken off a calf strain to be fit for the game at Molineux, has netted six goals in nine games for Town, but is keen to find his 14th of the season as soon as possible.
TOMMY Miller goes into tonight's game at Wolves looking to get off the unlucky 13 mark, writes Derek Davis.
The Blues midfielder, who has shaken off a calf strain to be fit for the game at Molineux, has netted six goals in nine games for Town, but is keen to find his 14th of the season as soon as possible.
Miller said: “I'm happy with the run, but I can't wait to get off 13, which is always a sticky mark.”
Even another penalty would do for Miller, and Town, against Glenn Hoddle's side, who Miller insists will make it difficult for the Blues.
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He said: “It's a difficult ground to go to. They've underachieved, them and Leeds, because with the players they've got they should be in a better position in the league.
“It's going to be a hard game, it's looking increasingly unlikely that they aren't going to make the play-offs, but they are still going to want to beat us. But they are all going to be hard games from now on.”
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Former Town youth player Miller was released as a teenager and made his league debut for Hartlepool, and he was their guest in the 1-1 draw against Colchester at Layer Road on Saturday.
He will also be seeing old friends this weekend when Town face his boyhood favourites Sunderland. Their fans include his prospective father-in-law and his own relatives.
Before that, Miller is hoping to make his 110th start for Town tonight after his calf injury forced him to miss training all last week.
If he doesn't suffer a reaction from yesterday's session he will be a key part of the midfield.
Town could well stick with a 4-4-2 formation, which they went to against Rotherham and Derby but away from home they are just as likely to revert to a three-man central midfield.
That could see a return for wing-back Matt Richards, with Fabian Wilnis balancing things on the right.
Although James Scowcroft is itching for another start, Shefki Kuqi and the speedy Darren Bent will be looking to move closer to their 40-goal partnership target.
Bent has pulled ahead of Kuqi with 18 finishes, while the Finn has been on 16 since scoring against Nottingham Forest five games ago.
Neither have scored away for more than two months, Kuqi at Sheffield United on February 5, and Bent against Reading in the away match before that.