Miller still optimistic

TOMMY Miller remains optimistic that Ipswich will be joining Sunderland in the Premiership so making it a great family double, writes Derek Davis.Many of the Easington-born midfielder's family, in-laws to be and friends are Mackems and some were at the Stadium of Light on Saturday when news of Ipswich's draw at Leeds was announced, prompting the biggest cheer of the day there.

TOMMY Miller remains optimistic that Ipswich will be joining Sunderland in the Premiership so making it a great family double, writes Derek Davis.

Many of the Easington-born midfielder's family, in-laws to be and friends are Mackems and some were at the Stadium of Light on Saturday when news of Ipswich's draw at Leeds was announced, prompting the biggest cheer of the day there.

Their come-from-behind victory, sparked by a Marcus Stewart goal, ensures they go up and Mick McCarthy's side need two points from their games against West Ham on Friday, or Stoke on the final day, to be crowned champions.

For Town to join them in the big league they need to hope Wigan don't get four points from their remaining two games, away at Preston and home to Reading, while Ipswich will probably need to beat both Crewe at Portman Road on Saturday and Brighton away.


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Although both clubs are in the bottom four fighting against the drop, Miller sees them as dangerous opposition.

But he can also see Wigan finding it difficult at Deepdale.

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He said: "The Crewe game is not a banker at all but if we can get past them then we will see what happens.

"It will go to the last day and we still will have everything to play for.

"We know Preston is not an easy place to go so it will be difficult for Wigan."

Miller admitted missed chances cost Town dear, but backed fellow midfielder Darren Currie, who scorned a golden opportunity at the death.

He said: "It has happened to me and the other lads as well.

"It is just one of those things and Darren just has to keep his head up. I'm sure next time he would tuck it away.

"We had enough chances to win the game. Lewis Price has not had a save to make really. We were the better team and we were unfortunate not to win."

Miller played his part in a tight midfield three and enjoyed playing behind Pablo Counago, who was back in the starting line-up for the first time in six months.

Miller said: "It was a joy to have Pablo in the side. I have always said he is a fantastic player and he has come in and done very well.

"He has not played for quite a while so he obviously tired towards the end and the manager was right to take him off when he did but let's hope he plays him again on Saturday.

"He set up a goal and created a couple of other chances and might have scored himself."

The former Hartlepool captain also praised the defence who were without keeper Kelvin Davis, who rushed back to Bury St Edmunds in the early hours of Saturday morning to be with his wife Kelly who gave birth to baby boy Sonnie.

He said: "The back four were solid. Fabian did very well as did the other lads and Lewis came in and did well. His handling and kicking were both excellent."

Miller was surprised that Leeds did not show more ambition in their play with Matthew Spring's equaliser, less than a minute after Shefki Kuqi had put Town ahead, virtually their only serious attempt on goal.

He said: "At home and with nothing to play for we thought they might have more of a go but they didn't.

"We were the better team and on another day we might have had four but it wasn't to be."

Town prepare for Saturday's clash with Crewe this week in good health although defender David Unsworth has been struggling with an ankle injury.

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