Hon­est Miller is just a touch dis­ap­pointed

Scottish Daily Mail - - Football - By JOHN McGARRY

WHAT­EVER else may be miss­ing from his all-round pack­age, Mickel Miller can­not be faulted for a deficit of hon­esty.

When George Oak­ley’s cross ar­rived at the Hamil­ton mid­fielder’s foot with Rangers only one goal to the good, even al­low­ing for the slight­est of touches by Glen Ka­mara, the English­man should have been able to score with his eyes closed.

Opt­ing to at­tempt a con­nec­tion with his left foot rather than his right proved to be fa­tal.

In that mo­ment, Hamil­ton’s hopes of hav­ing some­thing to show for their sub­stan­tial ef­forts was lost.

The con­trast with the two oc­ca­sions Ryan Kent truly con­nected with the ball on the day could not have been sharper.

‘I’ll be hav­ing night­mares about that one to be hon­est with you,’ Miller ad­mit­ted. ‘But that’s the dif­fer­ence be­tween me be­ing at that level and be­ing at the level I am now — Kent will go and fin­ish those and I won’t fin­ish that.

‘Ka­mara got a lit­tle touch but I should’ve gone with my right in­stead of my left. But we move on.

‘We’re dis­ap­pointed not to take any­thing from it, 100 per cent. I can’t fault any one of the boys for ef­fort, work rate, for ev­ery­thing we gave.

‘We were just less clin­i­cal than them in the end.’

It wasn’t as if Miller’s hor­ri­ble ef­fort and Lewis Smith’s equaliser were the sum to­tal of Ac­cies’ chances. Brian Rice’s men created them aplenty.

‘Geo (Oak­ley) had a header and there were a cou­ple over-passed from Lewis Smith to me a cou­ple of times,’ Miller added.

‘But we can take the pos­i­tives from the game.

‘I think peo­ple who were watch­ing it would have thought Hamil­ton were really in the game, which is good. We’ve just got to take that into our next games.

‘We hit a stan­dard to­day that some peo­ple might be sur­prised at.

‘As long as we keep it at that and give even more, I’m sure we can get the re­sult.’

For boss Rice, a pal­pa­ble sense of pride in his side’s per­for­mance was tem­pered with a re­al­i­sa­tion that Miller’s glar­ing miss might well have cost his side a pre­cious point.

‘I spoke to him af­ter the game,’ Rice said. ‘That is the dif­fer­ence be­tween the top teams, the mid­dle-of-theroad teams and the bot­tom teams, the fi­nal thing they do with the ball, the qual­ity.

‘Rangers are in a for­tu­nate po­si­tion that they fund good play­ers and they bring them in.

‘I am in the po­si­tion where I need to pro­duce play­ers. Not at that level — I wish that I could. I need to pro­duce play­ers who are good enough to come and play in our first team.

‘Or I do what I do — go to Eng­land and look for play­ers there play­ing in re­serve teams and un­der-23 teams and bring them to this foot­ball club and try and make them bet­ter play­ers.’

Re­flect­ing on a de­feat which leaves his Ac­cies side without a win since Septem­ber, Rice added: ‘I would’ve liked to have got more.

‘I think you saw a team out there that was fully com­mit­ted, a team out there that was a goal threat and a team out there that will never give up.

‘We kept go­ing. We were brave, we went with two strik­ers. I made the sub­sti­tu­tion and put an­other striker on and kept the two strik­ers. I can’t ask any more from the lads to­day.’

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