Lowe apologises for red card madness

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RYAN Lowe faced the music and apologised for his first half red card in Dons 3-0 home defeat to Bournemouth.

After an earlier altercation with Cherries skipper Tommy Elphick, Lowe lunged in two-footed on the defender five minutes before half time, while already trailing to Lewis Grabban’s opener.

An emotional Lowe faced the media and apologised.

“I let everyone down,” he said. “Myself, the club, the fans, the manager, my family. I’m disappointed in myself.

“It was 10 seconds of madness. I really shouldn’t have gone for it. It’s not in my character.

“I felt I was kicked and booted all over the park, as I have been all season really, but that’s not an excuse. It was a moment of madness

“I’ve been fined internally, but I’ll move on.

“I hope I can make up for it when my suspension is up until the end of the season.

“The manager rollicked me as he should. He said one or two harsh things. I’ve come here to help him get to the Championship and I’ve let everyone down.”

The striker didn’t blame the earlier clash with Elphick though, saying what gets said on the pitch is quickly forgotten.

He said: “Things get said on and off the pitch. I’m a grown man, I’m not going to hide away when I’ve done something wrong. I deserved to be sent off.

“I’ll take the punishment. It’s going to cost me in the pocket as well as not playing for the team. I’m going to miss three vital games.

“It’s not as if I’ve been sent off a lot in my career, it’s not in my nature. All I can do is apologise.

“I hope the lad is alright – I heard he had to come off and I hope to speak to Eddie Howe to apologise.”

The inevitable three-match suspension means Lowe will miss, among others, the FA Cup fifth round tie with Barnsley.

He added: “It’s my own fault. It’s one of the biggest games in my life, but won’t be playing. I won’t go home and be chirpy. I’ve got two young kids upstairs waiting for me - they probably won’t even want to talk to me.”