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Attacker focused on enjoying game rather than future

By Western Gazette - North Dorset  |  Posted: December 12, 2013

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NOTTINGHAM Forest attacker Ishmael Miller believes recent years have made him a stronger person and better player but is more focused on enjoying football and overcoming frustration than on the long-term.

The former Manchester City and QPR man announced his arrival on loan at Yeovil Town with a goal on debut at Watford and a dazzling display against Blackpool on Tuesday.

He then sealed the hosts an unlikely point against Charlton Athletic, converting the penalty he earned as the Addicks threw away a lead.

Glovers' manager Gary Johnson is already keen to keep Miller beyond his initial month in South Somerset, but after just 30 Forest appearances in two-and-a-half years the 26-year-old is just happy to be playing.

"It's good to get back on the pitch, get minutes under the belt and obviously it's been a great start with the results we've had," said Miller.

"I have been wanting to play and been frustrated by not playing. Hopefully I can come here and do a good job for the team.

"Obviously I have been through a lot of injuries and things football-wise that other people haven't been through which has made me a stronger person, mentally stronger and made me a better player.

"I need games under my belt as I believe I'm coming into my prime at 26. I have done a few things in my career so far and I have had three promotions, which is decent, but I am just happy to be playing football again.

"That's what I felt on Tuesday – I was happy to be playing football again and that's the main thing. I want to get back to the level that I feel I can play at. I just want to go on and be the players I know I can be."

Asked about his future in January, Miller replied: "We will see what happens in a month's time. You never know what happens in football, it changes so quickly and I'm really happy to be here at this time and I'm relishing the task ahead during these next few weeks.

"There's no better feeling than playing a game and winning a game, knowing you have done well for the team and the team's done well for you.

"It's a big difference here to being in the big cities but I feel this is what I needed and that's one of the reasons I came down here.

"It's taken me away from those cities where I have the security of my friends and family so I can solely concentrate on my football."

Miller said a goal at Vicarage Road certainly helped him settle quicker, but added the spirit in the dressing room was not that of a struggling team.

"It seems like a great team spirit, the camaraderie's really good," he said. "Everyone seems to be focused on the job at hand.

"I feel that we have got the capabilities and the ability to get out of the position we're in and hopefully we can get a good result on Saturday again.

"That was the aim at the start of the week and we beat Watford, which was a great result, they're a great team.

"It just set us up right for the week. It was a difficult game on Tuesday, we got what we felt we deserved."

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