TOMMY MILLER hailed Danny Cadamarteri’s return to the Huddersfield Town team after the wideman produced an exciting display in the frustrating 1-1 draw with Carlisle.
Experienced Cadamarteri, in his second spell at the Galpharm after returning from Dundee United last January, took the sponsor’s man-of-the-match honours on Friday on his first start of the season and only second appearance.
And his contribution was singled out by fellow 32-year-old Miller.
He said: “Cads put in a really good shift. He’s been outstanding in training, especially over the last few weeks, and deserved his chance.
“It’s hard when you’re not playing week in, week out to keep fit and motivated, but he’s managed to do that and it’s a credit to him.
“He’s a bubbly lad who’s always encouraging the others to do well.
“Every day he comes into training with a bright smile on his face. He’s definitely a character!”
Miller, who set up the equaliser for Jordan Rhodes after Carlisle took an early lead through on-loan Sunderland midfielder Liam Noble, said the Cumbrian visitors were canny in shutting down Town’s normally fluid game.
He explained: “They normally play 4-3-3 but went 4-5-1 against us, flooding the midfield to make it hard for us to play our usual game.
“But we kept going for the win right until the end.
“We created a few chances and were unlucky in front of goal. On another night we might’ve got the three points.”
He also claimed Rhodes was denied a last-minute winner by a good save from Adam Collin.
“Their keeper got a touch on it with his legs, so credit to him for a great stop,” said Miller, who was making his 23rd Town appearance.
On his role in the equaliser, Rhodes’ 21st goal of the season for Town and his sixth in the last three games, Miller said: “I took the ball off their lad (Noble) on the edge of the box and could see Jordan was coming through on the outside.
“I managed to slot it through for him and from there he was never going to miss. The lad’s on fire. He’s been unplayable all season.
“I was with him at Ipswich and he always had potential.
“But his all-round game has improved dramatically. He’s bulked up a bit, but he’s also older and wiser.”
Miller though did not want to be drawn on Town’s prospects at the season’s halfway stage.
Having gone third after the Carlisle clash, Lee Clark’s side returned to fifth ahead of today’s trip to Notts County after Saturday’s round of games.
Third-placed Sheffield Wednesday won 2-0 at Preston while MK Dons, in fourth, drew 3-3 at Brentford.
Notts are 10th after a 3-2 loss at Oldham.
Miller said: “You always want more points, but we’re still in a good position and I’m sure there’ll be plenty of twists and turns to come over the coming months.
“I’m sure we’ll be up there at the end of the season.
“But for now we’re concentrating on getting the three points at Notts County.”
Carlisle manager Greg Abbott, having seen his side draw for the third mach running, said: “Huddersfield are a strong side and it was a bit of an onslaught at times but you expect that.
“We put our fair share into the game and the players put their bodies on the line.
“We are looking like a decent outfit and we have given ourselves a platform. We have played three more games away than we have at home so we need to capitalise on that.”