Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Miller Preparing to Live the Fans' Dream

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Miller Preparing to Live the Fans' Dream

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Byline: LUKE EDWARDS

Tommy Miller insisted last night that he is about to realise the childhood dream of every Sunderland supporter when he faces Newcastle United tomorrow, writes LUKE EDWARDS.

Miller, whose grew up in Easington supporting the Black Cats, admitted he had feared he would never taste the thrill of a North-East derby after four years in Suffolk with Ipswich Town.

But one of the midfielder's burning ambitions in the game was re-ignited by Mick McCarthy in the summer when he offered the 26-year-old a return to the Premiership, as well as his roots.

And having experienced the exhilaration of a Sunderland win on enemy soil as a fan, Miller is itching to do the same as a player.

"For any Sunderland fan, this game is massive and to have the chance to play in one is amazing," said Miller, who is a close friend of the injured Newcastle defender Titus Bramble following their time together at Ipswich Town.

"I'm looking forward to it with a mixture of excitement and enjoyment, I couldn't wait for it to come around, to be honest. I just want to take it all in on the day.

"When Chris Makin was with me at Ipswich, he was always talking about how brilliant it was to be part of a Sunderland side which beat Newcastle United at St James's Park.

"He said it was the highlight of his career and I want to have that same thrill on Sunday.

"It's a massive game, very passionate and intense. I wouldn't say it was a matter of life and death, but it's certainly not far off.

"People have been stopping us in the streets for ages and all they want to talk about is the derby. I know how important it is because I'm from the area. And as soon as the fixtures came out I was like, `right, where's the Newcastle game.' But the other lads here have learnt how important these games are."

Miller's last trip to St James's Park ended in him being substituted at half-time as the Magpies thrashed Ipswich 4-1 in a League Cup tie four years ago.

But, while United's ground proved an unhappy destination on that occasion, Miller has first-hand experience of the exhilaration of a Sunderland win on enemy soil as a fan, a feat he is itching to repeat as a player. …

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