Tommy ready for old Preston pals

TOMMY Miller will be playing against one of his former clubs when Ipswich Town entertain Preston North End in the Coca-Cola Championship at Portman Road tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).

By Elvin King

TOMMY Miller will be playing against one of his former clubs when Ipswich Town entertain Preston North End in the Coca-Cola Championship at Portman Road tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).

And the midfielder will be looking to get three points to help the Blues move up the table.

Miller was on Sunderland's books last season, but was sent on loan to Preston where he had the unusual experience of playing against his parent club.


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Miller is expecting no such emotions tomorrow but he still remembers the strange goings on at the Stadium of Light.

“It was a big day and a massive game as Preston were near the top of the table and Sunderland were moving up looking for promotion,” said Miller.

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“Preston won 1-0 and it was a mixed feeling for me as I knew that I was returning to Sunderland in a few days.”

“My emotions were certainly mixed and I got some stick when I returned to Sunderland.”

“Manager Roy Keane was happy for me to play for Preston on that day and my job was to do my best for the team I was with at the time.”

Miller is expecting a tough game tomorrow knowing the quality in the Preston squad.

Although he said: “They will miss striker David Nugent who was a big influence for them last season.

“However, they have some other good players and we will have to be at our best.

“Their 5-1 victory in midweek will boost their confidence, but we are also in good spirits after our 2-2 draw at Burnley in a game we were unlucky not to win.”

Blues Jim Magilton said he may tinker with his team having been pleased with the displays of Slyvian Legwinski and Billy Clarke at Burnley.

He added: “I know what my team will be, but we will have one more training session first.

“The system worked well at Turf Moor on Tuesday, but we have been successful at home using a 4-4-2 formation.”

“Our fans could well see Billy Clarke in action but we cannot carry any passengers either home or away.

“Pablo Counago has to work on his game away from Portman Road if he wants to be a regular in the team.

“He has done well at home, but we need more from him on our travels and if every player does not do the nitty-gritty bit we will be beaten.”

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