Cheltenham Town: Lowe - I will fight to keep the shirt
AFTER waiting patiently for his chance to shine this season Cheltenham Town defender Keith Lowe is not about to relinquish his shirt without a fight.
The versatile 27-year-old came back into the side at centre half at AFC Wimbledon last week as skipper Alan Bennett served the second game of his three match ban.
He performed admirably alongside man mountain defensive partner Steve Elliott as the Robins recorded their sixth win in 12 games – a result that propelled them up to third in League Two.
The pair will be reunited at Bradford City later today, and Lowe (inset) will be hoping to deliver a performance that will see him keep his place for Tuesday's visit of Plymouth Argyle.
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Skipper Bennett will be free of suspension for the Plymouth test, so Lowe knows he has an opportunity to give boss Mark Yates some food for thought with a solid showing at Valley Parade.
"It's been nice to get a few games under my belt – I've been working hard to make sure that I was ready to go when called upon, and now it's just a case of trying to do as well as I can," Lowe said.
"I think I had a steady game at Wimbledon. I am not coming into the side to amaze anybody, but I like to think I can come in and be dependable and do as well as I can for the team.
"Hopefully I have done enough to give the gaffer something to consider. I know that if I perform well enough then I have given him something to think about."
That Lowe has been able to slot almost seamlessly into the side owes much to his dedication to training and his ability to switch on when needed.
He admitted that he has been forced to work harder than ever on the training pitch, not only to impress his manager but also to ensure he's ready to go when called upon.
And he also believes that he, Elliott and the rest of the Robins backline are ready to deal with the potent threat of Bradford strikers James Hanson and Nakhi Wells.
"Physically it's not a problem at all as you are training every day, but it's more of a problem mentally than anything else," he said.
"You have to keep plugging away and making sure that you are ready when your chance comes and that's the same as everybody else in the squad.
"You know you are going to get all sorts of challenges in this league and we have to be ready for all Bradford are going to throw at us.
"But I would back myself and back Stevey (Elliott) and the rest of the back four to do the job.
"It will be nothing that we're not used to having to deal with."