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Club keen to keep attacker for longer than first month

By Western Gazette - North Dorset  |  Posted: December 05, 2013

FIERY END:  Blackpool's Ricardo Fuller protests against a red card for violent conduct towards Luke Ayling as the Yeovil Town player is on the floor.  Picture by Gary Day/Pinnacle

FIERY END: Blackpool's Ricardo Fuller protests against a red card for violent conduct towards Luke Ayling as the Yeovil Town player is on the floor. Picture by Gary Day/Pinnacle

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YEOVIL Town are keen to keep hold of Ishamel Miller for longer than his initial month but admit the final decision is likely to rest with the player.

The Nottingham Forest attacker headed to Huish Park just last Thursday but has taken 155 minutes to become a firm favourite and add an extra dimension to the Glovers' play.

After scoring on his debut in the 3-0 defeat of Watford, Miller on Tuesday night dominated a Blackpool defence that eventually lost both of their centre halves to red cards borne out of frustration.

Yeovil manager Gary Johnson had already suggested Everton midfielder John Lundstram could stay for the rest of the season, and now the same could be said for former Manchester City man Miller.

Johnson said: "How Ishmael Miller didn't score I don't know. He deserved a goal as he was fantastic and he gave us that presence up front. We kept him on for 90 minutes and he'll be pleased with that because he's pushed himself as he knew he wasn't really ready for it.

"I don't mind him being trouble as long as he's trouble to the opposition defenders. He's not trouble, he's as meek as a mouse.

"He wants to get his football going, he's been fantastic in the dressing room already, he's been a real pro and he talks to people and I'm sure the other lads are very happy to have him in the team at the moment because he has got that experience of this level and the level above.

"Hopefully it won't take long until he's back at his best because when he is then hey ho, silver lining.

"(Forest manager) Billy Davies was good enough to allow us to take him, he knows we've got to do a little bit of work with him.

"He's come to us to concentrate on his football so he will be doing a lot of work on the training field to get even sharper. He looks sharp enough at the moment and if we can get him even sharper he will win us more games.

"It will be down to Ishmael, really (if he stays). He's come here to get his football going and I think he's enjoying two games, two wins and one goal.

"That's what footballers want to do – they want to play and enjoy their football. But what they also realise is that if you've missed a lot of games it's very hard to get your game going.

"Not just your game, but your game fitness and that's what you need. Thank goodness he's getting his while we're winning games.

"We kept him on there and he didn't want to come off when at Watford he was waving white flags at 65 minutes. He wanted to stay on and quite rightly so. We're pleased to have him."

Back-to-back victories have taken Yeovil to within two points of safety and Saturday's visitors Charlton Athletic.

"It sets it up lovely but Charlton will be aware of that as well and nothing less than the effort we put on the pitch and what we put out from the stands will be sufficient," said Johnson.

"This is what we wanted, this situation to be within a couple of points of the team we are playing on Saturday. We know the two teams below us won, which shows us how important this level is.

"The teams below us are good teams but we've got our sights on Charlton, Millwall and a few other teams that are now a couple of points away from us. That didn't look very clever a couple of weeks ago. We've got back to back wins and now we've got to see how far we can go on that run."

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