Striker sure that Pool goal drought will end

Blackpool's Ishmael Miller
Blackpool's Ishmael Miller
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Ishmael Miller has turned to Kevin Phillips and Nicolas Anelka in his bid to recapture his top goalscoring form.

The striker is yet to get off the mark after seven games for the Seasiders, despite going close to breaking his duck at Brighton last Saturday.

But the 27-year-old isn’t worrying about his form, preferring to heed the wise words of some of the game’s top goalscorers he has played alongside.

Miller said: “I’ve played with some top strikers, like Kevin Phillips, John Hartson and Nicholas Anelka, and they all said I should start to worry when I’m not getting chances.

“It’s always been the way for strikers – sometimes things drop and go in and sometimes they don’t.

“I’ve come off a great goalscoring season with Yeovil, when I scored 10 in 17 games.

“Obviously right now things aren’t dropping, but I’d be more upset if I wasn’t getting chances. That is when you know you’re not doing things right and not making the right moves.

“I’ve had chances in every game and I know I’ve got the quality to put them away.

“Right now it’s not falling, but at some point I’ll score goals when maybe they shouldn’t go in.

“You’ve just got to stay confident in yourself and the Brighton game was more about the team picking up a great point.

“The coming week will be difficult, but hopefully we will go into it with a bit more confidence in ourselves and as a group. We should be fine.”

It’s been a difficult start for Miller playing in a side devoid of attacking confidence.

After losing their first six games, Pool have drawn two of the last three and Miller added: “Against Wolves we could have nicked it. We were very unlucky to get beaten against Watford, missing a penalty, and at Brighton we could have nicked it again.

“I feel we’re going in the right direction. After another clean sheet, we’re getting the confidence up and the players are starting to believe in themselves and in the team.”

Despite all the problems at Bloomfield Road, Pool’s supporters have stuck by the players and manager Jose Riga.

And while the team have not yet been able to repay the fans with a win, Miller insists the support hasn’t gone unnoticed.

He added: “The fans have been absolutely brilliant. They’ve been together with the team.

“I feel we are really fighting for each other. If the players can do what we’re doing with a bit more confidence and conviction, and a few more goals, we will be fine.

“I feel we’ll get the goals when we get the sharpness and fitness up.

“All we can do is go in every day and fight for our places, fight for the badge, and I feel we are doing that.”