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Miller Happy With Progress

31 October 2018

Oldham Athletic striker Ishmael Miller is pleased with how his return to football is going after scoring another goal and playing 90 minutes against Everton U21.

The 31-year-old added to his tally against the Premier League outfit in last night's Checkatrade Trophy match. 

Latics came back from two goals down at half-time to win the match 3-2 at Boundary Park.

The forwards believes manager Frankie Bunn had a big impact on getting the result after the display in the first 45 minutes.

"In the first half we were a bit disappointing in our performance," admits Miller.

"We weren't up to the standards that the manager has instilled in us since the start of the season. 

"Obviously, going 0-2 down wasn't the game plan, we came back 3-2 and it was a good result in the end and it takes us into Saturday's game with a positive result.

"The manager got right after us at half-time and let us know that it wasn't up to his standards that he has set for us. 

"He's been brilliant since he came here, the players reacted and it was a good show of team spirit in the end."

Miller has scored three times for the club so far this season, which is also his first time back in football after a break from the game.

"It's nice to be back playing, getting the minutes under my belt, getting back to full fitness and sharpness." He said.

"There's still a bit of a way I feel, I've been a bit stop start though the season with a few little niggles, nothing too major but little things that have been a bit frustrating.

"It was good to get the minutes under the belt and on a personal point it's good to get another goal.

"For me, it's just more about playing and those goals, assists and chances will come, it's just about playing and trying to give my all for the team."

Miller puts his return to football down to the Latics' manager, who has been a key figure in the stiker's career.

"I've know him since I was 13 years of age, I'm 31 now." he commented. 

"I've know him longer than I've known best mates. He knows how to get the best out of me and I've got so many great things to say about him. 

"He's a great guy, he's a great coach, he's brought so many players through, he wears his heart on his sleeve and he's got all the players behind him. 

"We're trying to give him everything we can to do something special this season and I think things are looking up for us."

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