SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Ryan Lowe knocks on door for Owls spot

First touch: Ryan Lowe scores against Rochdale  -  the  striker has been very unlucky, says Dave Jones.              picture:  steve ellis
First touch: Ryan Lowe scores against Rochdale - the striker has been very unlucky, says Dave Jones. picture: steve ellis

WHEN Ryan Lowe faced the Kop and pointed to the badge on his chest after scoring against Oldham, he seemed to be expressing his commitment to the Owls.

No-one can doubt his perseverance: four goals in his last seven appearances is a record that shows he is determined to make his mark.

Dave Jones has appreciated his efforts as well, even though the manager has not been able to find a place for the 33-year-old striker in the starting line-up lately.

The Wednesday boss has described Lowe as “very, very unlucky,” and it is easy to see why.

Lowe played in the unchanged side of the first four games of Jones’s reign but after the 2-2 draw with Walsall had to make way for Chris O’Grady at Leyton Orient though he had scored three goals in the previous four games.

The new boss made changes and wanting to take a look at all his players.

Then loan signing Nile Ranger was handed the role as striker partner to Gary Madine, so Lowe has been on the bench for the wins against Preston, Huddersfield and Oldham.

But he must be encouraged by the backing of the crowd and their “we’ve got Ryan Lowe” song and by his goal against Oldham, with his first touch as a substitute.

It was his fourth goal in a spell of four starts and three outings as a sub, plus it was his 16th of the season - a total that includes seven for Bury. It kept him knocking on the door for a starting place.

Jones admitted: “I’m really pleased for Lowey because he has been very, very unlucky. He’ll be banging on my door because he’s scored another goal!”

But with Madine on scoring form and forging a partnership with Ranger, who was a Jones signing on loan deadline day and who netted his first goal for the club in the victory at Huddersfield, it could be that Lowe will be on the bench again for Saturday’s match at Colchester.

The U’s expect their biggest crowd of the season, more than 6,000, and have given the Owls more tickets than an away side would normally receive.

Wednesday’s total allocation is almost 3,000. The biggest crowd so far at the U’s ground is 5,276 for the visit of Stevenage on Boxing Day. Wednesday drew Huddersfield’s biggest crowd of the season last week, 18,646, which included 4,000 away fans.