HE has seen similar chances sail over the crossbar in the past, so Ryan Lowe was delighted to see his first goal for MK Dons come at such a vital time.
Lowe did himself no harm in holding on to the position in the starting 11 by scoring his first goal for the club against Carlisle on Saturday, latching on to Daniel Powell’s rebound.
And he is keen to get more goals as the season progresses.
“It was nice to get on the score sheet. I know I got one in the shoot out at Cheltenham, but it’s always nice to get one at your home ground. It has been a long time coming.
“Obviously it hasn’t helped going down to 10 men, it has made it a lot harder for me, but I’ll keep plugging away and I know in this team I’ll keep getting chances. It’s up to me to put them away and fortunately for me it did.
“It fell for me nicely. I’ve been having a go at Powelly for not passing to me enough, but he’s a great player! You have to be in the right place for the rebounds and I was. I’ve seen them go well over the bar before, trust me!
“I was just over the moon, as you could see from my celebration. The fans are expecting big things of the team, not just me, but it’s always nice to score at home.
“We had a load of chances in the first half, but we came out a bit sloppy in the second half. Sometimes that happens, so that goal came at a vital time for us. And we could’ve had three or four after that.”
The partnership between Lowe and fellow striker Charlie MacDonald has blossomed since his arrival in the summer, according to the former Sheffield Wednesday striker.
Lowe has only spent a handful of minutes on the pitch with MacDonald but he says the pair get on ‘like a house on fire’ despite vying for the same spot up front.
“Charlie is a great player,” he said. “His chance will come, and he’ll be looking to capitalise when I don’t score, and vice versa. He has been here for a while and he’s scored some vital goals for the club. We get on like a house on fire.
“There’s no bitterness between us – when he’s on the pitch I want him to score, and when I’m on the pitch, he wants me to score. You’ve got to have friendships like that at a football club, especially when you’re fighting for promotion.
“I haven’t come here to sit around to pick up my wages – if I wanted to do that I’d have stayed at Wednesday!
“It has been a great start. There are no ‘big-time Charlies’ here, we’re a great team full of great footballers. The manager wants us to pass, keep moving and the philosophy of football here is second to none. It’s nice to be part of it and I’ve settled in really well.”
After seeing off Carlisle at what looked like a canter, Lowe isn’t getting too bogged down by over-analysing the results so far, but he knows the side must remain focussed throughout the season if they are to get what they want in April.
He said: “We have got to go up this season, and we’ve got to beat teams like Carlisle. No disrespect to them of course – they’re a great team with a good manager – but our main focus is to get out of this league.
“We’ve got to punish teams, and there were times when we could’ve got three, four or five goals.
“But we’ll take the 2-0 win, take the three points and go home happy. But there’s still a long way to go, we just need to keep plugging away and winning games so we’ll see where we are come April.”