Cardiff's Kenny Miller backs Earnshaw strike partnership

Kenny Miller Robert Earnshaw
Earnshaw and Miller have scored three goals between them this season

Cardiff City forward Kenny Miller believes it will take time to develop his attacking partnership with Bluebirds favourite Robert Earnshaw.

Miller, 31, cost the Championship club around £870,000 when he signed from Bursaspor in July.

The Scotland international has scored once for Cardiff but thinks he and Earnshaw will start hitting form soon.

"It's a work in progress, you always take time to develop a partnership," said Miller.

"It's very important that you try and link up early and get an understanding to get the goals on the board.

"It's something that will come along. It'll get better and better as the season goes on."

Miller, who scored the only goal of the game in the season opener at West Ham United, is once again expected to lead the attack with Earnshaw at Portsmouth on Saturday.

Earnshaw, who scored 105 goals in 205 games in his first spell with Cardiff, has found the net twice this season against Bristol City and Burnley.

The strike pair have started all four of Cardiff's league games, but were named on the bench in midweek as Malky Mackay gave his squad players the chance to impress against Huddersfield Town in the Carling Cup.

Jon Parkin, who scored against the League One side, and former France Under-19 international striker Rudy Gestede led the attack for Cardiff in the thrilling 5-3 extra-time win.

"Parky and Rudy played up front on Tuesday night and I thought they were superb," added Miller.

"Rudy was unfortunate not to come away with getting a goal and Parky got a good header."

With competition for places at a premium, Miller knows he and Earnshaw must form an effective partnership sooner rather than later.

"There's good competition here," said the former Rangers star.

"You want to keep on your toes and as much as I'm saying it's going to get better, it really needs to start getting better soon."