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."