Miller goal halts the Bus strike

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By John Brind­ley

ISH­MAEL Miller boosted his hopes of se­cur­ing a long-term deal at Hud­der­s­field by strik­ing a late lev­eller against York­shire ri­vals Sh­effield Wed­nes­day.

The much-trav­elled 28-yearold quickly gave the vis­i­tors a more di­rect threat af­ter his fel­low for­wards failed to get any change from the Owls de­fence.

And he got his re­ward by steer­ing in an 89th-minute equaliser, just three min­utes af­ter fel­low sub­sti­tute Ser­gio Bus had net­ted his first goal for Wed­nes­day.

And Ter­ri­ers boss Chris Pow­ell left the for­mer Manch­ester City striker in no doubt of his ad­mi­ra­tion.

“I know what Ish can do and we’d like to ex­tend his deal in the sum­mer,” said Pow­ell of Miller, who only signed terms un­til the end of the sea­son.

“He gets on well with the rest of the play­ers and this is his third goal. He has set­tled in very well here.

“It was look­ing like a stale­mate with few chances at ei­ther end. Then Wed­nes­day have got their goal and we needed to re­spond quickly which, to be fair, we did.

“Joel Lynch’s goal line clear­ance was ex­cep­tional and played a big role in get­ting us a point.”

Wed­nes­day had more of the at­tack­ing ideas through­out but found it hard to cre­ate clear chances on a heav­ily sanded Hills­bor­ough sur­face.

The quick­est minds and feet be­longed to Lewis McGugan and Caolan Lav­ery as the Ter­ri­ers seemed con­tent to soak up the pres­sure.

Lav­ery volleyed just over from the right side of the penalty area af­ter 17 min­utes and McGugan, who is prov­ing a hit with Owls fans, stabbed just wide from 18 yards

Goal­keep­ers were rarely called upon to make di­rect saves although de­fender Joel Lynch kept Keiren West­wood’s hands warm with a left-footed shot on the half hour.

Hud­der­s­field nearly edged in front in the 42nd minute when David Edgar didn’t get enough power in his shot and Mar­nick Ver­mijl cleared off the line.

Striker At­dhe Nuhiu then had a chance in the 51st minute when he fas­tened onto a pass from Kieran Lee. The un­pre­dictable star, as ever, never quite had the ball un­der con­trol and ap­peared to mis­kick past Alex Smithies. Nev­er­the­less it took a last-gasp in­ter­ven­tion from the scram­bling Joel Lynch to deny him.

Wed­nes­day con­tin­ued to pour for­ward with McGugan pep­per­ing the Hud­der­s­field area with shots, al­beit all from dis­tance.

Sub­sti­tute Bus had al­ready sent one tame ten-yard shot straight at Smithies when he ap­peared to have won it for Owls by scram­bling home at the sec­ond at­tempt with four min­utes re­main­ing. But Miller, who be­lat­edly pro­vided the Ter­ri­ers with a threat up front af­ter Nahki Wells toiled in vain, took ad­van­tage of a knock down from Sean Scan­nell to grab a point af­ter 89 min­utes.

Owls manager Stu­art Gray was un­der­stand­ably frus­trated and pointed the fin­ger of blame at his de­fence.

“It’s not a good goal, or a clever goal, it’s a self-in­flicted blow by us,” he said.

“The ball has been punted 60 yards and you ex­pect your de­fend­ers to deal with it. Kamil Zay­atte may have been fouled but there’s no blue shirt in sight.

“They’ve come with a game plan to get five men be­hind the ball, but we were the team who looked like we wanted to win.”

PIC­TURES: Pin­na­cle

DRIVEN HOME: Sergiu Bus thinks he has sealed Sh­effield Wed­nes­day all three points with his goal on 86 min­utes

dances LATE DRAMA: Ish­mael Miller

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