The friendly four

Ryan Lowe
Ryan Lowe
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TOGETHERNESS overshadows inviduals’ desire to win a place in the Wednesday team, insists Ryan Lowe.

The striker has given a new twist to what is widely perceived as a four-way competition for the striker roles, involving him, Gary Madine, Clinton Morrison and Chris O’Grady,

Gary Madine

Gary Madine

Lowe, who scored the winner as a sub after taking over from Madine at Tranmere, says that the frontmen get along fine.

“I’m just happy to be here at a big club,” says the 33-year-old who was signed from Bury.

“Whenever my chance comes along I’ll try to take it - and hopefully I took it [in the Tranmere game]. “Hopefully I’ve given the manager something to think about.

“But there’s no question about how Gary, Clinton, Chris and I stand with each other.

“The manager gets paid for picking the team; whoever he picks, plays.

“There’s no ‘I’m after his place’ or ‘he’s after my place’. We’re all in

this together.

“We have a great team spirit, a great team ethic, a great squad. Hopefully we can keep the momentum going and stay up there.”

Lowe lost his place after Madine returned from suspension but regained it when the club’s top scorer had

to stay off at half-time at Tranmere because of a toe injury.

When Madine and Chris O’Grady play together it is a partnership between two big, strong centre-forwards, with Ma

dine particularly good in the air.

Lowe is smaller and more the type who plays off a big man. He and O’Grady hit it off in the 2-1 win at Wycombe.

The ex-Bury star has shown sound positional sense, the knack of being in the right place at the right time - for example, with his winner last Saturday - and an ability to pierce defences with clever runs behind or in between defenders.

He says: “I’m a different kind of player from Gaz and Chris. I like to

get down the sides and cause a little bit of havoc. I think we did that against Tranmere.”

His goal was his second for Wednesday and his ninth of the season; his seven for Bury earned him the League One Player of the Month award for August.

Lowe refuses to tell whether he has set himself a target for the season, but he admits: “Ask any striker and he’d be more than happy to get nine goals before Christmas.

He also wishes Tranmere well. A Liverpudlian, he is friendly with several members of the team from the other side of the Mersey and with Rovers manager Les Parry.

“They’ve got lot of Liverpool lads, good lads. They’re a great little, friendly club,” he said.

But he thought that the Owls had that bit more strength and quality as they chalked off another victory in the sort of game they must win to keep the pressure on top two Charlton and Huddersfield.