Kenny Miller says he could feel the fans believe ‘something special could happen’ as Wolves staged a sensational comeback over Leicester City in 2003 – the latest Big Match Revisited on Wolves TV.
3-0 down at the break, Kenny Miller was the man sacrificed at Molineux that day, but became part of the crowd as Dave Jones’ side roared back to win 4-3 and claim one of the greatest comeback victories in the club’s history.
The forward is a guest on Monday’s Big Match Revisited, sharing his thoughts on events alongside the likes of Lee Naylor and Alex Rae. Before the show goes live on Wolves TV at 8pm on Monday, supporters can get a taste of what’s to come with a snippet of Miller’s memories below.
On the impact of the next goal at 3-0
“Goals change games and, in that particular game, it even shows that when you’ve got a lead of three goals, and you concede the next one, it becomes a bit of a precarious position. Do you go put the game to bed or do you sit in and protect what you’ve got?
“I was talking to somebody about the play-off final recently – we were 3-0 up at half-time and conceded a penalty within two or three minutes of the second-half that big Matty Murray saved. Had that gone in, we could have been on the end of something like that because the momentum would have absolutely shifted.
“You go from 3-0 up and thinking you’ve made it, and all of a sudden if you concede the next goal, you’re right up against it. We got on top of it in that game, we got a goal quickly, we then got another goal and at that point you’re thinking there’s only one team going to win the game, and luckily enough we went on and won it because, at that point, it was a big three points for us.”
On a tough first-half
“My recollection of the first-half is just that Leicester were better than us – simple as that. You don’t go into any game expecting to find yourself 3-0 down, at home, after 35 minutes, whether it be Leicester or Barcelona.
“You get punished for mistakes and sometimes you get games where every chance that drops goes in and you find yourself right up against it. When you see games like that, you find that managers tend to make decisions and I was on the receiving end of a decision at half-time.
“You get in and you’re hoping that the manager’s going to change something, and he did, but took me off. It could have been anybody to be honest, but when you’re looking to get back in a game, sometimes it’s forwards that are sacrificed when you change personnel or shape.”
On becoming a fan at that point
“You’re part of the crowd at that point. You’re trying to put an energy on to the field. We had 30,000 fans there and you could feel they believed something special could happen. Sure enough, it was a scrappy goal, Henri scrambled it over the line, but it was a fantastic result that gave us a bit of belief and hope at that moment.
“When you’re taken off it’s hard, it’s a kick in the teeth, but when the team comes in and wins the game, at the end of the game you’re like a fan, you’re jumping about on the edge of your seat like everybody else. It was a huge result, a big result for the boys, so after the initial disappointment, the emotion and high of the lads winning the game was huge.
“I was good friends with Colin Cameron at Wolves, so it was great for him to get a couple of goals, and a big goal for Henri as well – there was a lot of positives that came out of that day. My ego had taken a bit of a hit, but the three points were far more important than that. That decision was made and it was the right one because we won the game of football.”