Unlucky Lowe thinks Dons are still in it

Ryan Lowe
Ryan Lowe

Ryan Lowe was left cursing his luck after he had three goals chalked off and saw another effort kept out by a Paul Jones wonder-save as Crawley drew 0-0 with MK Dons on Saturday.

Dons dominated the match but were kept out by some last-ditch defending from Crawley and some excellent goalkeeping from Jones.

After a brilliant run from Otsemobor and a clever flick on from Bowditch, the full-back picked out Lowe in the middle. With the net wide open, Lowe turned the ball towards goal. But sensationally, Jones raced back across his line, throwing his left arm at it, pushing it out for a corner. Lowe stood dumbfounded, just staring at the keeper.

“It wasn’t my day,” Lowe said. “I’d better watch my step leaving the ground!

“We played ever so well and dominated a good Crawley team. Chances came begging, but I don’t think I’ve ever scored three goals and had them all offside.

“The second one definitely wasn’t offside, I can understand why he gave the first one, but I just don’t know where the benefit of the doubt is any more.

“I knew I was onside for the second one because I thought Shaun Williams was going to slide me in, and I was just waiting for the keeper to parry it.

“The save in the first half was outstanding, but I looked at myself and wonder whether I should have let him make it. It is probably the best save you’ll see at this stadium for a while, but it’s not fair on me!

“I’ll look at that, but it’s a good chance. If I’d have scuffed it, it might have gone in. I need to be scoring those.”

Lowe didn’t feel though that, despite the draw, Dons would be under any extra pressure against Swindon on Tuesday night, even though defeat will spell the end of their play-off hopes.

“There’s no extra pressure,” Lowe added. “We’ve been in this position for a few weeks now, but every game is a must win.

“We have five games left, but everyone knows we have to beat Swindon on Tuesday. We’ll keep working and fighting hard.

“It’s a bit of a kick up the backside for us because we feel like we’ve lost. We just need to pick up as many points as we can.”