Falkirk midfielder Tom Taiwo praises Lee Miller – even though striker claimed his ‘goal’



Falkirk midfielder Tom Taiwo has lavished praise on Lee Miller, even though the striker was credited with the goal that he is claiming.

The Bairns took the lead in Tuesday’s 2-2 play-off semi-final first leg draw at Hibs when Taiwo’s shot from the edge of the area ricocheted off Miller before looping beyond goalkeeper Conrad Logan.

Former Hibs playmaker Taiwo is adamant that 32-year-old knew nothing about it, but that did not stop Miller wheeling away in celebration and taking the acclaim for the effort.

Miller was officially awarded the strike and Taiwo remains without a goal to his name this term.

But the Englishman insists Miller deserves a bit of luck in the box.

He said: “The ball looped up and I shut my eyes and had a swing. Lee Miller – I don’t even know what he’s doing.

“He’s not even tried to play the ball and it’s hit him and gone in. He’s claiming in it but I’m telling him it’s mine, definitely mine.

“That’s fair; one shot, one goal all season.

”It’s good for Lee because he’s that type of striker that he does all the dirty work and he brings people into play, and he roughs people up.

“He’s a real focal point for us up there. As we know, strikers are judged on goals and he deserved that for all the hard work he’s put in. He’s been a pivotal player in our team.”

Former Hearts, Aberdeen and Kilmarnock marksman Miller is in no doubt who should be credited with the goal.

Miller said: “Of course I meant it, I saw in the corner of my eye that one of their boys was beside me so I knew I wasn’t offside. It was just a wee flick.”