Lowry heartened by clean sheet despite Ipswich stalemate

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© Edmund Boyden

DEFENDER Shane Lowry admitted he had mixed feelings after Millwall's goalless draw with Ipswich Town on Easter Monday.

Lowry helped the Lions keep their fifth consecutive clean sheet but nearly broke the deadlock at the other end when his 25-yard free-kick came back off the foot of the post in the second-half.

But the Australian believes Millwall should be satisfied with a point, having recorded a surprise 1-0 victory over Leicester City just three days earlier, and says he is enjoying his new set-piece duties.



"I thought my free-kick was going in as soon as I hit it, but the ball swerved at the last moment and clipped the post," he told NewsAtDen. "It was a bit of bad luck but I'm glad that it was on target.

"It is about players taking responsibility on the pitch so if I feel confident I will put my hand up and take them. I've just got to concentrate on hitting the target and I've been doing that recently.

"That's five unbeaten and five clean sheets now. We were shipping too many goals before that so I'm glad we've tightened things up. As defenders, that's what we're paid to do.



"Jermaine Easter had a couple of good chances so I'm sure Ipswich will be happy with a point. But we would have taken four points from these two games – it's a good total."

The Lions are now only four points clear of the relegation zone but, with just five points separating ten teams in the middle of the table, Lowry believes even the play-offs are not out of reach.

"The league table is so tight this year so we want to cement our place in the Championship first and foremost," he said. "At the same time we could still put a run together and sneak into the top six.

"That's how mad the league is this year. The lads want to perform well because everyone is playing for their place in the team for the FA Cup semi-final, but the league games before then are crucial."

With a trip to Wembley to face Wigan looming on April 13, Lowry is wary that he is just two bookings away from a three-match suspension – but insists he will not let that prospect affect him.

"I'm not going to change the way I play," he said. "I like winning and I have a winning mentality. If I do pick up a couple of bookings, obviously I will be disappointed but so be it.

"Hopefully I won't – I have had to be a little more careful in the last few games in terms of the tackles that I go for but at the same time I want to keep that competitiveness about me."

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14 thoughts on “Lowry heartened by clean sheet despite Ipswich stalemate

  • April 2, 2013 at 09:32
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    Top man Shane, controlled aggression the way to go.
    Invaluable member of the team. Keep on that pitch!

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  • April 2, 2013 at 09:47
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    Yes, I agree it is great that we have kept 5 clean sheets and if we carried on like that until the end of the season we would being staying in the Championship. To say that we should be satisfied with a point from the game is nonsense, why? Ipswich were a poor side and we failed to score, the game should have been over in the first twenty minutes. Yes we hit the post etc, but we did not score, end of story. We had opportunities, did we take them no. To talk about making the play offs after this performance is just bizarre. Perhaps if he watches a reply of the game he will stop making stupid statements. I think Lowry has done a great job, but we need to play a lot better to put together any type of run.

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  • April 2, 2013 at 12:52
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    To go on another run the ball needs to go in the net regularly we have nobody to do that, we can play teams off the pitch keep a clean sheet but it very worrying to be satisfied with one point at home there's not enough games left ffs, but this is wall that's what we do . COYL 2 more wins f the play offs

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  • April 2, 2013 at 19:56
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    Well I'm happy with a point against most clubs in this league. In case you haven't noticed; were s****, and punching well above our weight in this division.

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  • April 2, 2013 at 21:59
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    We can keep clean sheets but our forwards couldn't hit a cows a*** with a banjo.
    I am one of the so called 'Jackett out' brigade. Not because he's a bad manager but simply because time and time again technically and tactically we have been found wanting.
    Looking at tonight's results and the goal difference we have over the bottom three I hope we'll be ok with a point a game. Which says a lot for this division when you can be relegated with 50 plus points. Bristol city are dead in my opinion. Which leaves two places for the drop out of 12 teams.
    Against Ipswich, I do not understand why we didn't start with an out and out winger. Yes. Henry and co. are injured. but to play players out of position, to bring Feeney on too late to make an impact, to put a centre half on with 10 mins to go, all against a poor team smacks of not losing as opposed to trying to win. Signing Woolford, not the best piece of business but at least he's a winger so why doesn't he start given the absencees ? If he's not good enough then why did we sign him ? If results had gone against us tonight we'd be in real s*** and a look at the table confirms that, especially with our players with one eye on Wembley. Birmingham away next. Let's ALL hope that we can get the point at least that we need.
    What we need is a flagship signing in midfield and two strikers and I'm praying that our sojourn to the FA Cup semi final isn't going to leave us with games in hand that we HAVE to win versus games we should have won against teams like Ipswich.

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    • April 3, 2013 at 12:21
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      Nickola, who's on your shortlist to replace KJ?

      IMO he's the best manager we've ever had if you take into account what he has done on a limited budget and given his service to this club. He's level headed, doesn't make any rash statements and is well liked in the game.

      So he makes the odd bad or indifferent decision with selection, tactics and in the transfer/loan market. Name me a manager that doesn't.

      We're in the semi finals of the FA Cup and likely to finish comfortably in mid table in a division where we are financially disadvantaged.

      We are lucky to have him.

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      • April 3, 2013 at 22:45
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        Lion.ie,
        Finish mid table? I really hope you're right. I'm more inclined to think that it's going to go down to the last game. We're not conceding, but we're not scoring either. Birmingham 3-0 down at home last game at half time and lost 2-3. They've had a major spanking this week form their manager on the training ground.. Just hope it's not our a*** they're going to take it out on but I've got a bad feeling it is.

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        • April 4, 2013 at 03:33
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          Hey, 66/1 to be relegated at BetVictor would soften the blow! Given, it's been a strange old season in the Championship, but we would need a complete disaster to get relegated from 51 points with 8 games to go. I reckon we'll get at least 60 points by the end of the season on current form, which is more than enough for mid table. Nearly every stat you look at says we won't go down, hence the 66/1 quote. I think it'll be 3 out of the current bottom 4 with Bristol C gone already, although Blackburn are in free fall (and s****) so could give one of the others a chance. Anyway, we'll see where we are post Wembley, theoretically we could lose to Brum and Sheff Weds and still be 4 pts clear in mid table with games in hand after Wigan! Chin up mate! (-:

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  • April 2, 2013 at 23:42
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    F*** me nick that's almost as long as one of my posts lol, but seriously, I've had that chat since we drew b.burn out the hat time and time again. unlike you I'm a jackett fan but it does p*** me rite off when he fcuks about every time we start with our strongest back four. He almost seems obsessed with the left side of the pitch, a lot of transfer activity happens with left sided players, every striker who makes his debut is played on the left, most center backs will at some point end up on the left, must be something to do with him being a left back. Someone said in another post that marquis has had ample opportunity but I can't remember him playing more than five games in a row - I'm sure someone will correct me - where as hulse gets a start all the time and does as much as trotter, as for him I'm sick of the sight of him he ain't gonna be worth two bob let alone two million. he reminds me of marvin Elliot bags of talent but didnt do it enough for us when it mattered and done f*** all but run his contract out. If we look for the negatives nick then it will be hard to notice the positives, which IMO we have plenty. the table is looking really tight, middlesboro are 9th and can still be relegated and ipshit are 17th and can still make the play offs although both very unlikely it shows how ridiculous the division is, five clean sheets in a row with three in the league is a very good starting point for the run in. we turn up for the big games, and we have a few of those left starting on sat against the Brum.
    It's a long way from over but it's far from doom and gloom. And at least we're involved in something, never a dull moment with wall.
    We'll be alright nick.

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    • April 3, 2013 at 08:18
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      Two really good sides of opinion between Nick and Luke. I will say now that the 'Jackett out' brigade are starting to voice their opinions again who would they replace him with? The last time this was a topic on N at D a few people said they would rather have had Di Canio when he had just left Swindon. Can you image if they had got their way only to find out we had a fascist in charge of our Millwall? Sky, The Daily Mail and the Sun would be creaming themselves.

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    • April 3, 2013 at 22:48
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      Luke,
      Historically, you're usually right.
      I just hope you are this time. I think we're going to lose at Birmingham which is going to open the sluice gates at both ends so to speak.
      Leave a post after the Birmingham game. If I'm wrong I'll apologise.

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      • April 3, 2013 at 23:13
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        Hahaha, of course I will nick. I got it wrong on Monday but we got a point.
        The Brum, hmm, we're winning that one nick. I'm gutted we have so many home games left its like they're scared to play infront of us, I'd take a draw at Brum if we get the win against Wednesday which IMO is a bigger game. But sure I will leave you a post.

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  • April 3, 2013 at 03:12
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    Come on Aussie come on, come on!!!!

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