Miller promises more after first Pool goal

Ishmael Miller celebrates scoring his first goal for Blackpool last night
Ishmael Miller celebrates scoring his first goal for Blackpool last night
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Ishmael Miller fired his first goal for Blackpool last night, then promised it’s the first of many.

The striker’s first-half goal was enough to earn Pool a vital point at Middlesbrough on a night they possibly deserved all three.

Daniel Ayala headed the home side ahead six minutes before Miller finished a Joan Oriol cross. David Perkins later rattled a post for the Seasiders.

And the 27-year-old Miller was delighted to end his 10-match wait for a Pool goal.

He said: “I’m really pleased to have got my first goal for the club and hopefully there’s a lot more to come now.

“As a striker you go through spells like that but I’ve always believed in myself.

“I always feel like I’m a threat and it was great to score.”

While the point failed to lift Pool off the bottom of the Championship, the performance will have done wonders for the confidence of the team.

Miller added: “It was a very difficult game. We knew they were going to be a tough side and they came into the game in good form.

“We responded really well to the goal we conceded.

“It was a soft goal to concede and it’s been going that way for us this season. We’ve been really unlucky.

“Once we got the equaliser, we hit the post and had a couple more good chances.

“I can’t really remember Boro opening us up at any time, so we have to be really pleased with the display.”

Miller, who spent the 2012-13 season on loan at Middlesbrough from Nottingham Forest, is one of the Pool players who had struggled without a pre-season at the club, though he believes things are finally gelling.

“In the last couple of weeks you can see things really starting to come together,” he said.

“You can see the lads are getting fitter after a difficult start, with no pre-season and things.

“It’s taken us a little bit longer than most to get going but we are getting there now.

“Hopefully we can take this confidence forward and build on this.

“In the last couple of weeks we’ve looked really solid and our shape has been fine. We’ve just been unlucky.

“On Saturday we conceded an own goal against Norwich and a deflection. It felt like it’s been going that way for us.

“We have to stick together and I think it’s getting there.”

While replays clearly showed it to be Miller’s boot which met the cross for Pool’s equaliser, some reporters suggested at the time it may have been an own goal.

But Miller was quick to end that sort of talk, blasting: “No chance! It was my finish, no doubt about that.

“Anyone who thinks that’s an own goal can meet me in the tunnel and we’ll argue it out,” he joked.