Pay Back Time
Kenny Miller wants to use his shooting boots to gain revenge on Wales Kenny Miller, this year's winner of the Golden Boot for Scotland, admits the national side have a score to settle when they face Wales in the Carling Nations Cup tonight in Dublin. The last time the sides met, Scotland lost the game and their manager. The game, in November 2009, in Cardiff ended in a humiliating 3-0 defeat for Scotland which ultimately cost George Burley his job as manager. The result paved the way for Craig Levein to take over as national manager and Miller believes Scotland are heading into this game in good shape. He said: "I played in the game against Wales two years ago and the game eight years ago. We lost by three and four so we have a score to settle with them. They were not happy memories two years ago. It was a poor result and poor performance and it's a game we would like to wipe from the memory. Any game played against another home nation has a bit of added spice to it and that day we let ourselves down. We've got an opportunity to put it right and hopefully get a far better result and performance. There are a lot of new faces who have come in since then, a lot of good young players to add to the experience. We've got a good group of boys and we have been looking forward to these games for a while. We have to get the right result. We got beat in that last Wales game and we got beat well but we have to put on a performance for us first of all. We want to continue our good work from the last two or three games. It's not about revenge - it's just about getting the right result in this game." Miller is enjoying being able to focus on the national team after admitting he has suffered a difficult time in Turkey since leaving Rangers for a move to Bursaspor in January. He said: "It's been a tough three months for me across there but I'm happy with the way things have gone and I've managed to get a few goals. It's been difficult to be fair. There has been a lot of time away from the family, it's a different style of football and it's a different mentality so it has taken a bit to adapt. The adrenalin gets you through the first three or four weeks and you can run off that. But, when you realise just how different it is, it's been difficult at times." Despite leaving in January, Miller finished as the SPL's top goalscorer for the season with 21 goals. He said: "It was a wee bonus for me at the end of the season, hanging onto that top goalscorer. It's something I never expected having left in January but it's always pleasing. The way things were going, I was playing in a good team, we were creating a lot of chances and I was playing regularly and getting on the end of those chances. To get 30-plus league goals would have been great but I had a decision to make at that stage and it was one where I had to go." He also had a few words to say about how his former team managed to finish off the season without his services. Miller said: "I always believed the lads would go on and finish the season off by bringing the league back. They performed fantastically well in the last four or five games when it really counted and their performances and the amount of goals they scored was outstanding."
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