Sven rules out Maynard
Sven-Goran Eriksson will not bid again for Nicky Maynard after he scored twice in Bristol City's 2-1 win over Leicester.
Last Updated: 17/08/11 11:24pm
Sven-Goran Eriksson says he will not make another bid for Nicky Maynard after the striker bagged a brace in Bristol City's 2-1 win over Leicester.
The Foxes made three offers for the 24-year-old over the summer, which were all rejected, despite the striker being out of contract in 12 months' time.
David Nugent's strike sandwiched Maynard's brace and Eriksson now believes the player could hold out for a possible move to the Premier League.
"He is always dangerous because of the pace he has," said the former England manager, who also confirmed Leicester had missed out on signing Everton striker Jermaine Beckford.
"You always need two players against him. His goalscoring record is very, very good and he is a very good player.
"But I am not sure that the player wants to come or the club wants to sell so it is very difficult."
The defeat came hot on the heels of Saturday's 2-0 reverse to Reading and Eriksson knows his side have to shake off the losing habit if they are to achieve their pre-season target of promotion.
"It was very bad to lose the second time in a few days at home," Eriksson added.
"At least we played better football today. I think we played well enough and created chances to not lose.
"If we give them a gift then it becomes very difficult so I can't say that I am happy but I felt, quality-wise, we were at least better than Saturday.
"We have to lift the players and ourselves because we can't go on losing games. We all know the ambitions we have ."
Bristol City manager Millen expects to receive further interest in Maynard on the back of this performance but he is hoping to keep his star man.
"We would react like we have all summer (if there was another bid)," Millen said.
"Nicky is committed to the club. No-one has given us any money anywhere near what we would think about selling him for.
"So there is no decision to be made.
"We want to keep him and he knows that. We have made him a fantastic offer.
"My phone will be off now for the next 10 days and I won't be drinking with Sven tonight!"
Maynard's goals ensured the Robins recorded their first points of the season following defeats to Ipswich and Cardiff in their first two games.
And Millen was delighted with the manner of the victory.
"We came here tonight on the back of two poor performances and results," he added. "It seems mad the pressure we were under.
"We knew they are favourites for promotion and the spirit and desire the players showed tonight was great.
"When they needed to pull a result out, they have.
"I'm delighted to get the season up and running and we've got to keep that intensity for Saturday."