Miller believes his best is yet to come for Cobblers

'I want to get back to where I was in pre-season because back then I felt a lot fitter and sharper.'

Friday, 19th March 2021, 4:02 pm
Updated Friday, 19th March 2021, 4:06 pm
Mickel Miller.

Winger Mickel Miller believes he is still searching for his best form despite playing a key role in Cobblers' improved results of late.

The 25-year-old is on loan at Town for the rest of the season having joined from Championship side Rotherham United in January.

A hamstring injury on debut kept him out for several weeks but he has started each of the last six matches and impressed in wins over Plymouth Argyle and Portsmouth.

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However, whilst generally pleased with his form and fitness, Miller does not yet feel at his sharpest best.

“Personally, I’m feeling good,” he said. “But I want to get back to where I was in pre-season because back then I felt a lot fitter and sharper.

“It’s hard to get to those levels again but I’m trying my best. Apart from that, I feel good and I just want to play as many games as I can and help the team.

“You can’t ask for anything more as a player than to play games because you want to be involved as often as you can and I’m pleased with how much I’ve played.”

Jon Brady revealed Miller felt a bit of ‘tightness’ before coming off in Saturday’s draw at Doncaster Rovers.

But with no Tuesday fixture this week, the winger has plenty of time to rest and recover ahead of Crewe Alexandra’s visit this weekend.

“It is quite nice, definitely,” admitted Miller. “It’s been crazy for me just coming back from injury with all the Saturday and Tuesday games.

“It’ll be good for all of us to reset and restore some energy in our legs and just relax the mind before we get ready for the game on Saturday.

“It’ll be good to spend some more time on the training ground. I was speaking to a couple of the boys and we were saying that sometimes it’s difficult to do your extra work and the things you want to focus on personally when there’s so many games.

“But now this week gives us an opportunity to work on and improve those things and it also gives Jon the opportunity to go through certain things that he wants to focus on because he hasn’t had a lot of time to do that since he came in so it benefits everyone.

“It just gives us all a couple of days to relax and do what you want to do before we get back in and get back to it.”

Crewe taught Cobblers something of a footballing lesson during the reverse fixture at Gresty Road in December but Town are different proposition under Brady.

Miller added: “I don’t know a lot about teams in this league but we’ve come up against a lot of strong sides like Doncaster, Portsmouth and Plymouth and we don’t look at them with any fear.

“We’ve got a bit more belief after winning the last two home games and we’re also used to the pitch. Teams come here and they’re not used to it so they feel they can come and play their way but it doesn’t work like that.

“We’ll just go into the game and we know what we’re going to do and it’s worked against other good teams so if we work hard and stick to what the manager wants us to do, we can definitely get something from the game.”