Lowe: I'm not here just to pick up a wage, I'm here to play football
KEITH Lowe is hoping to use tonight's Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie against Oxford United to press his claims for a League Two start on Saturday.
With skipper Alan Bennett suspended for the next three games following his red card against Fleetwood Town on Saturday, boss Mark Yates is considering bringing in cover on loan.
But Lowe and Harry Hooman are both hoping to be given the nod alongside Steve Elliott at AFC Wimbledon on Saturday and they are likely to be paired together tonight.
Hooman started the first five matches of the season, but after a difficult afternoon in the 3-0 home defeat by Accrington Stanley, Lowe took over for the next two matches until Bennett returned from injury, coinciding with a run of only one goal conceded in four matches.
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That goal came from the penalty spot against Oxford in Cheltenham's 2-1 home victory on September 18.
Lowe said: "Any game I start will be good for me and Benno is suspended, but there are a couple of players who could fill that position so I have got to get my head down and hope it's me," Lowe said.
"It's always frustrating when you are not playing because I am not here just to pick up a wage, I am here to play football.
"I am delighted the lads have been getting results and doing well in the League, but hopefully I'll have 90 minutes to show the gaffer what I am about and it's a massive game for me.
"I have not been playing much in the League so it's a vitally important game for me."
Lowe knows all about the rewards success in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy can bring, having been part of the Swansea City side that won the competition in 2006.
"I have a nice memory from playing at the final for Swansea at the Millennium Stadium," Lowe said.
"It's another chance for a day at Wembley, which is obviously lucrative for the club and the possibility of a good day out for the fans as well."