Profile: Shaun Miller

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Shaun Miller has enjoyed a very successful first season at the club with the striker getting himself 13 goals but also chalking up four assists and on League 2 Player of the Month Award.

After joining in the close season the former Crewe, Sheffield United and Coventry man who had suffered from injuries over the past couple of years, said: “For me personally, it’s been good! I’ve played more football in this season than I have in the last three so that was always the aim – for me to get back playing games which the manager has given me the opportunity to do.

“It’s nice to get regular football and the fact that I’ve been scoring goals would be my highlight of the season. At the start of the season, I had hardly played so to get a few goals has been great for me.

“Having played a lot of football this year, I’d like to continue this for next season and beyond. It’s already been my second ever best goals return in a season so it ranks very highly.”

The 28-year-old’s contributions this season, including the goal against Crawley last week, have helped the team become one of the highest scoring teams in League Two.

“We have a lot of creative players and all along the frontline, we’ve been scoring goals. We’re really good on the counterattack and in a lot of games we’ve been opening teams up and with the movement we’ve got upfront we create a lot of chances.

“I love playing with Devs (Jamie Devitt) because you know that when you make a run, he’ll play the pass to let you in. I’m sure the other lads will say that as well and that just shows with the amount of assists that he’s got.”

When asked whether he preferred scoring or creating goals, he replied jokingly: “Certainly scoring! I think everyone will say they prefer scoring goals! If you’re not scoring, it’s nice to also help the team with assists so it’s nice if you can bring both of them into your game but obviously my focus is scoring goals so that’s why I prefer scoring.”

The Shrimps have endured a mixed season and at the current moment, the team are in a sticky period but Miller is hoping to help to the team get back to winning ways once he returns from suspension.

“We’re on a difficult run at the minute and we need to get back to winning ways. We had a good start and sort of gone in patches. We’ve been good over a period of games then not so good and at the moment, we’re going through a not so great period.

“We’ve just got to all stick together. We’ve been well within the games and we’ve conceded some late goals. We’ve taken the lead in a few of the games and we know we can score goals we just need to all stick together as a team and battle your way through.

“Hopefully, we can just finish the season off strong in these next ten games or so, I’d like to help the team get higher up the league.”

After scoring six goals in five matches in October including THAT wonder goal against AFC Wimbledon, Miller was awarded the League Two player of the month award.

“It was a proud moment for me and a big achievement because I hadn’t been nominated for the award before this season. To be nominated first of all, and to win it and to be nominated again for the January one, it’s a great accolade to get.

“Yeah I’d like to recreate that goal! Scoring, in general, gives you confidence and when you know that you’ve scored against a team you’re more confident.”

Today will be the first home match that the striker is available for after being suspended for three matches for the challenge in the Oxford United match.

“It was unlucky as I was 100% focused on the ball and you can see that from the replays that I have watched quite a few times. It’s just one of those things that there’s nothing you can do about it so hopefully I can make up for it.

“It will be nice to be back in contention because there’s nothing more frustrating than sitting and watching – whether it is through injury or suspension so I’ll be keen to get back out there and hopefully bang a few goals in.”

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