David Wagner praised Ishmael Miller for his contribution at both ends of the pitch during the second half against Rotherham United.

The striker, introduced at half-time in place of Nahki Wells, scored his first goal of the season to seal Town’s 2-0 Championship win at the John Smith’s Stadium.

It was the 28-year-old’s third appearance under Wagner since recovering from a groin problem and the second game running he has been sent on after the first 45 minutes.

The clean sheet was Town’s second in three matches but only a fourth in 21 this season, and Wagner said former Blackpool man Miller played his part.

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“I was very pleased for Ishmael, and I enjoyed his goal because I know he hasn’t had the best time in the past,” said the head coach.

“He was one of the players I had in mind when I spoke of a re-start when I first arrived at this club.

“He has worked hard in his rehabilitation and is someone who can give us something special.

“It was his second 45 minutes (after a brief appearance at Birmingham City) and he scored a goal and was able to keep the ball.

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“We chose to start with Nahki Wells because we wanted to play the game our way, but having seen Rotherham in the first half, I thought they could be dangerous at set-pieces.

“I wanted a tall player in the team to help us keep that clean sheet and I thought Ishmael played a good game.

“I also know he wants to develop and keep working hard.”