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Linfield eager to improve, says Lowry


Linfield midfielder Philip Lowry

Linfield midfielder Philip Lowry

Linfield midfielder Philip Lowry

Philip Lowry last night insisted that there is no goal famine at Linfield. And the Windsor Park midfielder is predicting that a goal rush is just around the corner for the Blues.

Lowry, who turned 21 just a month ago, won the league and cup double in his first season with Linfield and he believes that his second year can be even better.

David Jeffrey was left frustrated as his team drew a blank against Ballymena United on the opening day last week.

And together with failing to find the net in either of their Champions League meetings with Norwegian side Rosenborg, Linfield are still looking for their first goal of the new term.

Lowry is the last Linfield player to score in competitive action. His goal in the Irish Cup final victory over Portadown — which turned out to be the winner — came 350 minutes ago, for anyone who is counting.

The adding up won’t go on much longer though if Lowry has his way.

“I don’t think you can really count the matches with Rosenborg when it comes down to not scoring as it was a step up for us,” said Lowry. “We’re adapting to a new system, which worked well in Europe, although it might take a while to transfer it to our own league. Once we do that I don’t think it will be long before the goals will flow.

“There’s no frustration on the part of the players, even though we couldn’t manage to break Ballymena down last week.

“We have enough players in the team that can score goals. We’re not just relying on Peter Thompson or any of the other strikers who might play.

“Last season I don’t think we’d anyone who scored lots and lots of goals, but we’d a few players who hit double figures or close.

“With the style of play we have the ball is always going to go into the box and 90 per cent of the time when a cross comes in it comes to you with quality and gives you a great chance of scoring.”

Lowry’s first season at the Blues couldn’t have gone any better after finishing with medals in the league and cup. A number of others in the Linfield squad had to wait two seasons to win their first trophy after a trophyless 2008-09 campaign.

And that meant the heat was on Lowry right from the day he signed on at Windsor Park as a teenager.

“There was as much pressure on me last season as anyone who was signed the year before or even a year or two before that,” he said. “The pressure is through the roof at Linfield. We’re expected to win every game and to win it in style.

“Everyone wants to beat Linfield. Teams raise their game when they play us and now as double winners teams have even more of an incentive when they play us and everyone wants our scalp.

“As it turned out I’d a pretty good debut season at Linfield.”

Belfast Telegraph