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"There is a chance in the first-team and my two goals for the Under-21s will help me." - Coventry City's Shaun Miller

24 September 2014

The City striker has also revealed he doesn't mind playing for the development side to increase his minutes on the pitch...

Coventry City striker Shaun Miller hopes his two-goal performance for the Under-21s leads to a starting chance in the first team.

The 26-year old striker moved to the Sky Blues in the summer after impressing on trial following his release from Sheffield United at the end of last season.

Miller has already found the net for the Sky Blues in the 2-1 defeat against Cardiff City in the Capital One Cup but has suffered a calf and ankle injury over recent weeks.

The City striker completed 60 minutes for the Under-21s against Colchester United and got a quick-fire second-half brace to help City secure a 2-2 draw.

Miller hopes his performance for the Development side can prompt more first-team opportunities.

He said: "It was a decent 60 minutes for me and of course, I was happy to get the goals. It was my first real action since my calf injury.

"It's always helpful to get minutes and it has definitely helped me today. Initially, I had the calf injury and then I picked up an ankle sprain as well.

"I've been trying to manage that and it hasn't necessarily kept me out but it is something we've had to be careful over.

"I thought I was very close to being in the starting line-up and I thought I was unlucky to pick up the injury when I did as I missed the chance to play in the first game back at the Ricoh. I feel like I've been making an impact when I've come on and hopefully, today's two goals has helped my first-team chances."

Miller has already made seven appearances for the Sky Blues this season ahead of the weekend's game against Preston North End at the Ricoh Arena.

Having featured for the Under-21s, Miller admits he is happy to play for the Development side to keep up his match fitness.

He added: "I do sense an opportunity to make an impact. I think my performances in training and my substitute appearances have always added something.

"I think there are chances in the first-team and if I can get a good run in the team, I'll improve with every game and score goals.

"In this case, coming down to the Under-21s has definitely worked in my favour. I needed minutes on the pitch and goal-scoring is a habit so the two goals today will help.

"I don't mind doing it at all. When you've been injured for the best part of three weeks, you're just eager to get out there and playing again."

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