Miller - we must pick ourselves up

NOT for the first time this season Ipswich Town must pick themselves up, dust themselves down and start all over again, writes Derek Davis.After blowing the chance to soar to fourth place the Blues players are already turning there attention to Rotherham on Saturday and Sunderland at home two days later.

NOT for the first time this season Ipswich Town must pick themselves up, dust themselves down and start all over again, writes Derek Davis.

After blowing the chance to soar to fourth place the Blues players are already turning there attention to Rotherham on Saturday and Sunderland at home two days later.

Tommy Miller, whose well-taken goal gave Town the lead against West Brom, said: "We will pick ourselves up as we have done before this season. We did it when we lost at home to Millwall. We went on a three-game winning run after that defeat and so we have to do it again."

After going four games without a goal Miller was delighted to get back on the trail and get into double figures for the season. He said: "It was good to get the breakthrough. West Brom are a good side, a big strong team so to get the goal when we did was important. It was a bonus for me, my 10th goal after going a few games without a goal, although I have hit the woodwork. It was good to get back on the scoresheet."


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But the joy turned sour midway through the second half as the Baggies battled back. Miller admitted: "It was a sickener when they got two quick goals in a minute. Koumas scored just like that for Wales in midweek, even going in off the post. In fairness West Brom played a lot better in the second half."

Town equalised through Darren Bent and a valuable point looked assured before Geoff Horsfield's controversial winner. Miller said: "Our substitutes did well with Martijn [Reuser] putting it across for Shekfi [Kuqi] who has got it down well for Darren and when we got back on level terms we felt we might sneak it but it was them. It was disappointing how it happened - Horsfield was offside and it was a big decision which went against us."

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Next up are Rotherham at Millmoor and Miller is determined Town will grind out a result after failing in south Yorkshire a year ago.

He said: "We got beat there last year when we were a goal up so we have to make sure that doesn't again."

Teenage sensation Dean Bowditch believes the Blues have an abundance of quality. He said: "We didn't deserve to lose. We were the best team by far but it was one of those things. We have to go Rotherham with the confidence of a team that knows we can more than match the likes of West Brom.

"We still have more than a good chance of getting into the play-offs and going up."

Bowditch was replaced to a standing ovation with Kuqi going on to make a big contribution to Town's equaliser.

Bowditch said: "Of course, I was disappointed [to come off] but it was not a problem. Shekfi has done really well for the second goal to challenge the keeper and Darren has stuck it in. Also I got a kick on the foot in the first half and that was troubling me slightly."

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