Millwall boss: Lowry will put bookings down to experience

© Nicky Hayes
© Nicky Hayes

KENNY Jackett believes Shane Lowry will learn the lessons from his ten yellow cards so far this season and become a better left-back for it.

Lowry became the first player in the Championship to trigger a two-match ban for reaching double figures when he was booked against Bolton on Saturday.

But Jackett is hoping the 23-year-old will benefit in the long run. He said: "Shane's been on nine for a while. He's been apologising after every foul and helping people up to avoid getting another.

"I suppose it was inevitable. The mistakes he made were probably for the other nine bookings and not for the one against Bolton. It's hard as a defender to go that long without a booking.

"Shane has had a very good season for us and he's a very committed player. He has a nice left foot in terms of his distribution as well so I have been pleased with him.

"Picking up this amount of bookings is something he will put down to experience and improve on."

Lowry has made the transition from centre-back to left-back this season and, as a former defender himself, Jackett admits it is hard to know what is and isn't a booking these days.

He said: "Shane wants to get tight to his man and he's got a really competitive nature, which is a big thing and something that I like. He's very popular with the fans because of that.

"Learning to control that is important. In this day and age, defending is about closing down and intercepting the ball. Tackling at the moment is a grey area.

"At any level of football what you think is a really good tackle can also be a red card and sometimes there is a very thin dividing line between the two.

"Making contact and tackling is something you have to select very carefully. Shane is learning that side of the game and perhaps in a new position his angles are slightly different."

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6 thoughts on “Millwall boss: Lowry will put bookings down to experience

  • January 15, 2013 at 11:02
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    Harry Cripps would have been on the sidelines more than playing if he were playing in today's game

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  • January 15, 2013 at 12:34
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    Lowry is a quality layer and just the type we like at the Den, but I am looking forward to see if Malone gets a run in that position, he is also a great prospect.

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  • January 15, 2013 at 16:27
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    It's got to be Malone if he doesn't play him the he's got to go.... Bought as a LB he says his position is LB so over to you Scott best of luck

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  • January 15, 2013 at 16:43
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    Obviously I hope he proves me wrong, but I've not seen him have a good game at left back, in fact the only time he's looked ok, against Middlesborough and when he came on as sub, against who, I can't remember, were both left midfield. Poor sod looks out of his depth most of the time.

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  • January 15, 2013 at 17:49
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    I think he is young enought to have time to improve, I have seen enough to think he has it in him to be a good player at this level. He has attacking instincts that just need to be improved by better positioning and decision making to ensure he does not leave the LB birth open. Both come with experience.

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  • January 15, 2013 at 22:25
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    Shane Lowry - doing Australia proud!

    The club should set up a formal link with a few Aussie clubs with good youth systems, like Central Coast Mariners - there are some quality players down here that we could get on the cheap.

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