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That's for you mate: Ryan Lowe looks to the heavens after scoring against former club Bury on Tuesday night.'         ' Picture: Steve ellis
That's for you mate: Ryan Lowe looks to the heavens after scoring against former club Bury on Tuesday night.' ' Picture: Steve ellis
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RYAN Lowe says Sheffield Wednesday will express theirselves under new manager Dave Jones.

Striker Lowe celebrated his recall to the team with a goal against his former club Bury on Tuesday night and he had a hand in two others.

The 33-year-old praised the impact that Jones has had in the short time he’s been at Hillsborough since replacing Gary Megson.

He said: “He’s given us licence to express ourselves. We’re footballers and we can get the ball down and pass as well as get it long at times.

“I think he’s come in and given us new lease of life, really, with all due respect to the old manager.

“He’s asked us to get it down a bit more and pass, express ourselves and enjoy it. He’s given us that passport to go and play, and that’s what we did.”

Lowe received a standing ovation from all four sides of Hillsborough - including the Bury fans - when he made way for David Prutton.

He said he was pleased to score for the first time since the Boxing Day defeat at Walsall: “It was mixed emotions really. It was dedicated to a friend of mine who passed away last week. It was his funeral (on Tuesday); I obviously couldn’t make it.

“Yeh, I was relieved in a way, because of the chance I had early on, but I was just realived to get the three points really, more than anything.

“Most of the time I am pleased with my performance. I like to think I work hard and get into some good positions and create some chances.

“Fortunately I have been given the opportunity to play in the team, and obviously I’ve paid the manager back with a goal and an assists for two. I’m just pleased to be playing football. It’s like anyone in any job really: you just want to work and work hard, and it’s no different to me.”

Fellow ex-Shakers star Mike Jones was also influential in the 4-1 win as he made his first start for the Owls since the 2-2 home draw with Hartlepool on January 21.

Lowe predicts Wednesday fans will begin to see the best of the winger: “Jonesy will relish it; he’s a nice, neat, good footballer; it was great skill from the right-hand side for the goal (Michail Antonio’s second). I’ve played with him for two years, two and a half now he’s here. He’s a quality player and he’s destined to go to bigger things, hopefully with Sheffield Wednesday.

“He’s a good little player; he’s total football; you see little touches, one touch, two touch, he’s totally in control of the ball. He’s been a bit unfortunate. He played the first two games. He’s got a new lease of life. He’s willing to look forward and keep getting some games and some assists.”

Meanwhile, the club have confirmed they have sold out their allocation of 4,500 tickets for the match at Notts County on March 17.

Owls fans will have the entire Jimmy Sirrell Stand opposite the dug outs.