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SWINDON TOWN: Miller passes on penalty duties
MIDFIELDER Tommy Miller has vowed to pass on the penalty taking baton after missing his second spot kick since becoming a Town player.
The 33-year-old saw his kick saved by Stevenage keeper Steve Arnold during the Robins’ 4-0 victory on Saturday, but the miss didn’t come back to haunt Town as they eased to success.
Before moving to the County Ground Miller had scored 33 out of his 34 career penalties, with his only miss coming for Sheffield Wednesday in 2011, but has now missed both his spot kicks for Swindon after firing over the bar on the opening day at Hartlepool.
The veteran is now happy to stand aside, and believes there are plenty of players in the Town squad capable of finding the net.
“I felt okay and I struck it well enough, certainly better than the one at Hartlepool, but the keeper got across well to save it and he was a big lad,” he said.
“You miss one and then you have a little bit of doubt.
“I missed one for Sheffield Wednesday and then I took another one and scored, but it is just one of those things.
“I have had a great record but I think it is time to let someone else take one, although if they still want me to I will, but it is only right one of the other lads gets a go.
“I am not sure who would take them, but I think James Collins fancies them and Benno may have a go, but it depends who plays.”
Miller was a late call-up to the team after Troy Archibald-Henville pulled out through illness, and although he missed his penalty, the midfielder was pleased with his side’s afternoon’s work.
“We got off to a great start and had a few chances early doors and got the first goal, and it all fell into place and we were outstanding,” he said.
“In the first half we were three goals up and missed a penalty, but it was a great performance.
“If we can get some consistency there we can push our way up the league, and that is what we want to do.
“If we can build on this and get our home form going we will be right up there, and that is what we have to do now.
“It was an enjoyable game to play in, and if we can do that week in week out we will be okay.
“We have set our standards now and we have to keep them, and if we can get the right balance week in week out we won’t be far away.”
Miller formed an impressive midfield partnership with John Bostock at Broadhall Way, and the former Ipswich man was full of praise for all of the players that came into Paolo Di Canio’s side.
“John played well but so did all the lads who came in, like Miles (Storey) up front.
“John was a pleasure to play with and he has a lot of skill, and you obviously don’t get a move to Tottenham if you don’t have ability.”