Miller - Opening day win is not crucial

TOMMY Miller says that winning will not be everything when Ipswich Town begin their Coca-Cola Championship season against Preston North End at Portman Road today (kick-off 3pm).

Elvin King

TOMMY Miller says that winning will not be everything when Ipswich Town begin their Coca-Cola Championship season against Preston North End at Portman Road today (kick-off 3pm).

Last year Town got off their blocks in double-quick time with a 4-1 opening day thumping of Sheffield Wednesday.

While the Blues went on to chalk up a long run off winning home matches, the Owls struggled to find their feet for several months.

“Yes, we all want to beat Preston,” said Miller. “This will give us the start we want and set the ball rolling.

“But one game does not win promotions, and it is being able to put a long consistent run together at some stage that will prove crucial.

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“An eight or nine-game winning sequence will go a long way to securing a top six - even a top two -place.”

From his Hartlepool days Miller has a keen habit of netting against Preston, a club he spent time with on loan while a Sunderland player in 2006/07.

“It would be great to score against them again, as I would like to find the net more often than I did last term,” added Miller.

“There looks to be at least 12 teams who will be seriously in the hunt for promotion, and the play-offs must be our target. But if we find that consistency we are searching for it could be automatic.

“We were too open away from home last season, and this is something we are working hard on addressing.

“At times we attacked as we did at home, and this left too many gaps.

“We were making it easy for our opponents. One thing we must do this year is become harder to beat on our travels.”

Miller has welcomed the arrival of 34-year-old Ivan Campo, who is expected to sign a two-year deal after undergoing a medical on Monday.

“Ivan has been there and done it,” said the ace penalty-taking Miller.

“He is a fantastic addition to the squad whether he plays at the back or in midfield. He will keep us all on our toes.

“All the new lads are good characters and they have all fitted in. To concede five goals against West Ham was a disappointment. It was a lot and came as a bit of a jolt. But we must move on.”

Miller's twins will be two in October and he admits to already having a goal in his garden ready for his son when he starts kicking a ball around.

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