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Miller & Newton Are Best Two Full-Backs In Skrill Premier

Since Sean Newton arrived from Stockport County and Tom Miller has been converted to right-back by Simmo, the Imps have discovered the best and most exciting full-back combination since the days of Keith Alexander’s wing-backs.

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Both men are eager to get up the flanks to devastating effect, with Tom also possessing a long throw that is as good as any corner or free-kick.  Sean supplies those corners along with Alan Power ensuring our set-piece potency is revered throughout the division. So far the duo’s assist count stands at seven – Newton (5), Miller (2) with Captain Power (3) also well and truly in the frame.  Miller has also bagged two goals, including the sublime chest down and half-volley against Nuneaton on Saturday.

The defensive side of their game is none too shabby either with both men getting back to clear their lines and seemingly never knowing they are beaten.  The card-count is of some concern with Newton on four and Miller on two, with the former just one caution away from a one match ban that could weaken the defence. Todd Jordan could step in or Dan Gray who has to feel unlucky at getting so few opportunities of late.

The consistency of Sean and Tom is as inspiring as their bravery and desire to turn defence into attack.  Both players enjoy an average rating of 8.3 and, although Newton has more man of the match awards than any other player, with four, he is closely followed by Miller currently one behind on 3.

Name Tot Ave
Newton 7 7 9 8 8 9 7 9 10 9 8 8 9 108 8.3
Miller 8 7 8 7 8 9 9 9 8 10 83 8.3

 

Tom Miller is joint second goal scorer and both feature highly in the assists charts (Newton is top) as well as the card collectors.  Here is a better illustration of the two heroes overall contribution to the team.

No NAME St Sub Mins G On M Ass F’s F’ed YC RC
2 Miller 10 0 900 2 3 1 2 8 9 2 0
3 Newton 13 0 1152 0 5 4 5 12 3 2 0

(nb: St= starts, Sub= On as Sub, Mins = minutes on the pitch, Ass= Assists, F’s= Fouls, F’ed=Fouled, YC=Yellow Cards, RC= Red Cards) 

2 Tom Miller (RB CB,DM)


No NAME St Sub Mins G On M Ass F’s F’ed YC RC
2 Miller 16 0 1440 2 4 1 2 11 13 3 0
Ratings G Tot Ave
Miller 16 132 8.3 9 9 8 10 8 8 8 9 8 8
MOMS
Miller 4

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Remember Tom Miller only failed to fulfil his promise at Rangers when a cruciate injury effectively negated his two-year contract, just a month in, after a switch from Norwich City. Then at Newport his face didn’t fit. So we know we have the quality to back up what our eyes have told us this last 18 months. But number two begs a question: Could a player who is better as a defensive midfielder be making way for another who is equally so? Namely Dan Gray, the expected Imps right-back, who has it all, bar perhaps, the Achilles of pace.

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Tom’s tenacity and none-shall pass mantra made him an instant hit at City, indeed his eight starring roles in 2011/12 played a massive part in keeping  us up. Fast forward 12 months and he had done it again, either at the heart of defence or at full-back when Diagne had succumbed to that awful gash. Tom inspires fans and team-mates alike, to have him in this season’s side of such promise, suggests sustenance to a successful Sincil Bank play-off bid. He is Lincoln personified, for this side has fight backed up by the class that, well, just might? Tom, has the boots finger and thumb to get stuck in, a stitch in time to save nine, to plug every proverbial dyke, as the fairy story would demand. Tom is certainly one who will move heaven and earth to make the dream a reality. The fairy tale ending  as team Lincoln attempt to sustain and achieve a Bank-bounce- back and a record seventh return to the Football League.

Few fans can say that there is a sense of expectation when the ball  falls to his feet, unless he is picking it up to send forth that javelin throw, of course. Like Farman, Boyce , Gray or Brown, he is seen as the reliable last line, who will throw body and soul onto the Sincil turf, to deny the foe. Indeed he is just as willing to take it to them as his away player of the year award confirms. Yet Tom is a utility player who can play anywhere along the back four or in a defensive midfield role. He has the engine to go box-to-box and those throws will be a vital piece of Simmo’s six-foot soldiers armoury again this term. Thankfully his reliability came good at another vital time, this time off the field of play, when it came to signing a new 2 year deal in the summer, suggesting he will provide substantial supporting evidence in the Lincoln City case for the defence for the foreseeable future.

A little history before the historic stats & bio………

Tom joined the Canaries at 14 and progressed through the ranks at the Colney Training centre to become Norwich City Academy player of the season, in 2008. But somehow it was not to be thanks to manager Glenn Roeder. who failed to give him a first year pro deal.

Jim Duffy, the then assistant manager, contacted Rangers when it was evident that Tom would not get what many felt should have been a deserved opportunity in the game.  He was flown up to Ibrox and had an outstanding trial game, making a telling contribution all over the pitch in a 5-1 win. Rangers gave him a two year contract to the delight of his proud father Ray, before the tragic injury struck.  Tom was then farmed out to the tough environment of the Irish League with Dundalk, before joining Newport.

Last season’s away player of the year has never hidden, home or away, whether he has been employed at full-back or centre-back, even though his best position is in a central or defensive midfield berth. In his season and a half at the Imps he has been inspirational, a true leader on the pitch when the going gets tough. A candidate for captain, he is a born winner and this two year deal suggest he shares the vision of manager Gary Simpson – that we will be there or thereabouts this season at the very least and push on in the second year.

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Tom Miller’s  Imp stats 2012/13
No 20 Comp Starts Sub Goals Assists Shots Fouls Fouled Mins YC RC
Centre half BSP 37 0 1 2 13 38 32 3330 9 0

 

Tom Miller’s  Imp stats 2011/12
No 35 Comp Starts Sub Goals Assists Shots Fouls Fouled Mins YC RC
Centre half BSP 8 0 1 2 3 11 6 720 2 0

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Tom Miller’s Exiles stats 2011/12
Comp Starts Sub Goals Assists Shots Fouls Fouled Mins YC RC
Centre half BSP 20 4 0 0 14 21 21 1565 6 0
FULL NAME Thomas William Miller
DATE OF BIRTH 29 June 1990 (age 21)
PLACE OF BIRTH Ely,
HEIGHT 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
WEIGHT 11 st 8 lb 75.54 KG
PLAYING POSITION DEFENDER / MIDFIELDER
CURRENT CLUB Lincoln City
NUMBER TBA
YOUTH CAREER
2004-2008 Norwich
CAREER STATS
2011-2013 Lincoln C……………………45/2
2011-2012 Newport ……………………24/0
2001–2005 Dundalk …………………….0/0
2008–2009 Rangers …………………….0/0

Millers Making His Mind Up Then?

Tom Miller does not appear to be going to Wycombe Wanderers FC  after all. The former Norwich City, Rangers and Newport County midfielder come defender has been pivotal in the Imps battle to beat the drop.   By his own admission he enjoyed the run-in last season and the Bank brave-heart’s award for away player of the season 2012/13, was richly deserved. Thankfully a lack of any official bids does seem to suggest that he will join close pal, Andrew Boyce, in signing a new two year deal at the Imps after the completion of he and the manager’s holidays.  That will be fantastic news for Imps scurrying to purchase discounted season tickets.

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Tom is a hero and together with Andrew and Nat Brown, the Imps look set for a terrific season next term. A utility defender/midfielder with a throw like a javelin, Tom epitomise the none-shall-pass, never say die, attitude of the Sincil Six-foot Soldiers along with Boycey. These two throw life and limb on the line for the whole 90 minutes, week in week out.  So does Dan Gray and Brownie, suggesting our back-four are Sincil Bank brave-hearts,  dependable Dogs of War home and away.

Come on Tom, you are our heartbeat, sign and be the inspiration for the Rise of The Imps.

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Tom Miller’s  Imp stats 2012/13
No 20 Comp Starts Sub Goals Assists Shots Fouls Fouled Mins YC RC
Centre half BSP 37 0 1 2 13 38 32 3330 9 0

 

Tom Miller’s  Imp stats 2011/12
No 35 Comp Starts Sub Goals Assists Shots Fouls Fouled Mins YC RC
Centre half BSP 8 0 1 2 3 11 6 720 2 0

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Tom Miller’s Exiles stats 2011/12
Comp Starts Sub Goals Assists Shots Fouls Fouled Mins YC RC
Centre half BSP 20 4 0 0 14 21 21 1565 6 0
FULL NAME Thomas William Miller
DATE OF BIRTH 29 June 1990 (age 21)
PLACE OF BIRTH Ely,
HEIGHT 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
WEIGHT 11 st 8 lb 75.54 KG
PLAYING POSITION DEFENDER / MIDFIELDER
CURRENT CLUB Lincoln City
NUMBER TBA
YOUTH CAREER
2004-2008 Norwich
CAREER STATS
2011-2013 Lincoln C……………………45/2
2011-2012 Newport ……………………24/0
2001–2005 Dundalk …………………….0/0
 

Miller & Boyce – The Banks Bravehearts

Ex- Doncaster Rovers and Gainsborough Trinity defender Andy Boyce and ex Norwich City and Rangers utility defender/midfielder Tom Miller, epitomise the none-shall-pass never say die attitude of Holdsworth’s Imps. Shot shy  and, lacking in creativity, we may be, but these two throw life and limb on the line for the whole 90 minutes, week in week out. Dan Gray deserves a mention, as does the injured John Nutter, but these guys are the brave-hearts, they are the Sincil Bank Dogs of War.

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Both players are averaging just under the seven and a half out of ten.  Miller missed a few games through injury but since returning against Nuneaton he has been simply immense. Our central two are imperious in the air and on the ground and have edged, man for man, every strike force they have encountered as a partnership this season, to keep us in games. The odd slip will of course be magnified if you are not creating or taking chances at the other end.

Mansfield was not the first game this season we have managed to get just the one shot on target. Let us hop both players continue to stay with us for the rest of the season, although you have to feel that the club would accept any fee going, taking matters out of any managers hands. The following outstanding stats tell just half the tale and a full historical biopic can be obtained by clicking on either players name.

Take a bow oh favoured Sincil sons.

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Player Ratings

 
 
Tot
Ave
TE
H
Ta
Nu
FG
LT
MT
05
Andy Boyce
96
7.38
7
7
7
7
9
8
8

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Tot
Ave
TE
H
Ta
Nu
FG
LT
MT
20
Tom Miller
54
7.42
7
8
8
8

2012/13 Stats

Sq no
Player
Starts
sub
Mins
Goals
Shots
Sh/on
Assists
YC
RC
05
Andy Boyce
13
0
1135
2
14
6
0
3
0

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Sq no
Player
Starts
sub
Mins
Goals
Shots
Sh/on
Assists
YC
RC
20
Tom Miller
7
0
630
1
2
1
0
1
0

20 Tom Miller

Tom Miller the former Norwich City, Rangers and Newport County midfielder come defender has been pivotal in the Imps battle to beat the drop.  His award for away player of the season 2012/13 is therefore well deserved. STMI gives a brief bio on the lad’s career and season.

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A brief bio then………….

Tom was spotted in the local Cambridgeshire Sunday minor Leagues via the legendary Canaries scouting network (club legend and former Imp coach John Deehan has long been recommending lads to a veritable conveyor belt of talent). Tom joined at 14 and progressed through the ranks at the Colney Training centre to become Norwich City Academy player of the season, in 2008. But it was not to be, in then manager Glenn Roeder’s eyes. as a first year pro deal failed to materialise.

Jim Duffy, the then assistant manager, contacted Rangers when it was evident that Tom would not get what many felt should have been a deserved opportunity in the game.  He was flown up to Ibrox and had an outstanding trial game, making a telling contribution all over the pitch in a 5-1 win. Rangers gave him a two year contract to the delight of his proud father Ray. The Rangers side of the time was still a tough nut to crack, suffering financially, after the Souness overspend.

With big changes imminent, he was paid up in February 2010, moving across the water to Dundalk.  Irish football is a tough baptism to say the least, but Tom got one goal and, cards and accreditations in equal measure, in 32 appearances before Newport signed him in January 2011 before being released a year later with the Imps waiting in the wings.

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Tom is a true utility man. He has played at full-back and centre-back this season even though he is a defensive midfielder by trade. His one goal two assists and 9 yellow cards show the tenacity and none shall pass mantra that has been evident since inspirational desplays in the wins against Hayes (2-1 click4report) and Tamworth (4-0 click4report) last season. How fitting that his award came before the Lambs game on Saturday (see GREAT ESCAPE 2012/13).  As ever he was brilliant making 3 last ditch must win challenges that ensure we are still in with a fighting chance this week, instead of down and into the BSN abyss.

Brilliant Tom, take a bow son

Tom Miller’s  Imp stats 2012/13
No 20 Comp Starts Sub Goals Assists Shots Fouls Fouled Mins YC RC
Centre half BSP 37 0 1 2 13 38 32 3330 9 0

 

Tom Miller’s  Imp stats 2011/12
No 35 Comp Starts Sub Goals Assists Shots Fouls Fouled Mins YC RC
Centre half BSP 8 0 1 2 3 11 6 720 2 0

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Tom Miller’s Exiles stats 2011/12
Comp Starts Sub Goals Assists Shots Fouls Fouled Mins YC RC
Centre half BSP 20 4 0 0 14 21 21 1565 6 0
FULL NAME Thomas William Miller
DATE OF BIRTH 29 June 1990 (age 21)
PLACE OF BIRTH Ely,
HEIGHT 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
WEIGHT 11 st 8 lb 75.54 KG
PLAYING POSITION DEFENDER / MIDFIELDER
CURRENT CLUB Lincoln City
NUMBER TBA
YOUTH CAREER
2004-2008 Norwich
CAREER STATS
2011-2013 Lincoln C……………………45/2
2011-2012 Newport ……………………24/0
2001–2005 Dundalk …………………….0/0
2008–2009