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"I'm grateful Shittu is my team-mate...

20 January 2014

...he puts the fear of God into other players!

Shane Lowry spoke to the media after Saturday's 1-0 home win against Ipswich Town, and was not only asked about the team's display and new manager Ian Holloway, but his thoughts on central defensive partner Danny Shittu too.

In today's London 24, Tom Moore writes:

Millwall defender Shane Lowry paid tribute to his defensive partner Danny Shittu after his man-of the-match performance.

The Nigerian, leading the Lions in the absence of Paul Robinson, was head and shoulders above the other 21 players on the pitch and was playing like a man possessed.

"To be fair to Danny he was absolutely immense," the Australian said.

"He'll admit himself that he's been off the boil this season. The same goes for myself.

Some things haven’t clicked this season for us both. Having someone like him next to me – he puts the fear of god into other players.

I was picking him up when he was getting cramp. I had to get a forklift, I nearly fell over myself.

He’s a good guy to have next to you. He’s a good vice-skipper as Paul Robinson is the captain of the club."

Lowry enjoys learning from Shittu and revealed what he is like to partner on the pitch and admitted he was a relieved man that the Nigerian was on his team.

"There's a lot of shouting and screaming going on," he said. "You saw he won nearly every header.

"Lads were moving out of the way and even our own players. He was clearing everything.

He's got massive experience. He's played in the Premier League and it’s someone good to learn off.

He's a really nice guy off the pitch. He does have an angry side to him. I'm glad he's my team-mate."

Lowry is delighted to be given a chance in the middle as he had been deployed as a left back by former manager Kenny Jackett.

"My best performances for this club have been at centre back in my opinion," he said.

"When I first came to the club on loan from Villa I thought I did quite well to earn a contract at this club.

Under Kenny I started playing left back and he wanted me to play a different sort of system.

I'm not an attacking full back. Hopefully I've shown that I deserved to have a shot at that position and can push forward in the future.

I'm not going to rest on my laurels. I need to perform as a player."

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