Set 'em up Danny, says Tommy

PENALTY king Tommy Miller has called on whiz kid Danny Haynes to 'keep setting 'em up' and he will carry on putting them away.

Derek Davis

By Derek Davis

PENALTY king Tommy Miller has called on whiz kid Danny Haynes to 'keep setting 'em up' and he will carry on putting them away.

Miller has a phenomenal record from the spot and has showed in pre-season he is the undisputed crown prince of penalties.

While Ipswich have been awarded seven in six pre-season friendlies, Miller has been impeccable.

Gary Roberts has notched one against Glentoran; Hayes needed a second bit at Brentford after Simon Brown saved the initial pen but couldn't prevent the follow up, while Jordan Rhodes missed at Cliftonville.

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Miller beat Michael Kuipers twice for 12 yards in the 3-2 win at Brighton on Tuesday to take his tally to four in three friendlies, after previously converting against Gillingham and West Brom.

His career record is even more impressive with 30 penalties, all converted.

The only one he 'missed', against Nottingham Forest's Darren Ward, was ordered to be retaken and Miller successfully beat the keeper who went on to be a team-mate at Sunderland, to maintain his 100 per cent record that has continued.

“It is about 30 now and it is a job I enjoy doing. You get ex-players like Nicky Forster telling which way I'm going to go but as I showed against Brighton I can vary it.

“My game is about more than just penalties. I get my share of normal goals too. Even though I have scored a lot of penalties it is still not easy, many big names have missed, so you still have to put them away.

“Hopefully that will continue.”

Many of Town's spot kicks come from fouls on Haynes and Miller knows the speedster would like to take them himself but is happy just to play his part.

Miller said: “Danny has said he will set them up and I will put them away. Danny has phenomenal pace and is always going to cause defenders problems and always going to win penalties.”

To take the penalties Miller knows he has to be on the pitch and has eyed a midfield spot when they entertain Preston, a club the former Hartlepool and Sunderland player, spent a short spell on loan.

A clue if he is in that starting line up will come by the side Jim Magilton fields against West Ham on Monday, although coming off the bench ahs not been too demoralising.

Miller said: “There is a week on Saturday to go and shirts to be played for.

The manger is bringing in players from all over the park and competition is tough.

“It is not too annoying starting on the bench at Brighton. These games are about getting fitness in and I have been getting the minutes in.

“I feel I have played enough to be in contention. I'm fit enough and ready.”

Miller concedes he and his team-mates need to show more defensive discipline on the road, even though they have players like new boy Kevin Lisbie to get them out of trouble.

He said: “Away from home we do need to be a bit more solid. We have worked on being tighter and getting men behind the ball because we are maybe a bit too open especially away from home.

“But you see the pace in our team when we break, Danny for example is rapid and we get forward in numbers as we like to score goals.

“Kev is someone who scored 17 goals for a team that got relegated, and no penalties, he is a livewire. To get two in two is great for his confidence and he is fitting in well.”

derek.davis@eadt.co.uk

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