Miller makes Cardiff pay

TOMMY Miller, introduced as a 27th-minute substitute for the injured Jim Magilton, took just 60 seconds to help earn a penalty, and then successfully convert it to inspire Ipswich Town to a 3-2 win at Cardiff on Saturday, writes Carl Marston.

TOMMY Miller, introduced as a 27th-minute substitute for the injured Jim Magilton, took just 60 seconds to help earn a penalty, and then successfully convert it to inspire Ipswich Town to a 3-2 win at Cardiff on Saturday, writes Carl Marston.

Midfielder Miller sent Neil Alexander the wrong way with a sweetly-struck penalty, low to the keeper's left, to break the deadlock.

"I suppose you could say that I scored with my third touch!" said Miller. "I had a one-two with Shefki Kuqi, and then passed it to Ian Westlake. It was a definite penalty.

"Shefki had scored from the penalty spot in the previous match against Sheffield United, and he wanted to take it, but I usually take the penalties when I'm on the pitch, and that's what happened. There wasn't an argument.

"It didn't take me long to get into the game, even though I'd been sitting on the bench. We were really in control, and I found it easy to fit in. We had a decent lead at half-time, but we could have had more goals.

"It wasn't a bad game to come into as an early substitute. I thought that alongside me Chris Bart-Williams had another good game in midfield," added Miller.

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Left-sided specialist Westlake, who won the penalty and also swung over the corner that led to Town's third goal, netted by Bart-Williams, was another to shine for the visitors.

"I thought we started really well. The game was won in the first half. It was a definite penalty, because I was clearly fouled, but their penalty was very harsh," insisted Westlake.

"We had to keep plugging away in the second half, but this is a massive result for us."

Skipper Jim Magilton, who hobbled off with a swollen foot following a late tackle by Julian Gray, has not ruled himself out of the trip to Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night.

"The foot is very sore at the moment, but never say never," explained Magilton.

"That's as well as we've started a match this season, especially away from home. Confidence is high, and we just have to keep going now."

Cardiff City skipper Tony Vidmar admitted: "Ipswich Town are a very good side. They have a very professional approach.

"Ipswich put us under a lot of pressure in the first half. They made it very difficult for us all over the pitch. We just couldn't get close enough to them, or the ball. It's a big step up to Division One from Division Two. The opposition are sharper, as was the case today, but we've still only lost five league matches this season.

"I thought it was a definite penalty. I was pushed in the box. I'm not the sort of player who dives," added Vidmar.

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