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SCSF Build Up | Max Lowe

April 11, 2019 5:33 pm Author: AFC Media Team

 

Coping with expectation at a club fighting for cup success and European qualification

“It’s new to me, I can’t lie but the gaffer told me where he wants the club to be and the ambitions of the club. I think the prime example is reaching the (League) Cup final, obviously we didn’t win that one so hopefully we can put that right in the Scottish Cup. We know it’s going to be tough but we’ve got a good enough team to do that so we’re confident going into Sunday’s game.”
What do your Derby teammates make of Scottish Football?

“I’ve only spoken to a couple of the senior lads at Derby, the likes of Craig Bryson, he was one of the first people I went to when I knew Aberdeen were interested and he spoke really highly of the league, the big games and the cup competitions. Jody Morris played up here too. Everyone praises Scottish football, and I know that sometimes people think there’s a negative perception of it in England, but from my experience I’ve loved every minute of it. It’s a great league for a young player to come into and learn and express yourself. I think playing in these big games for me this season is great experience for me.”

So close to beating Celtic on a few occasions this season, is this the time?

“Personally, I think it is. Why not? We go in with that attitude. The few times we’ve played them this season we’ve done well. We’re all going in with the same attitude which is a good feeling.”

What has Frank Lampard made of your performances this season?

“I speak to him and Jody (Morris) quite a lot to be fair, Jody drops the odd text. After I scored the cross the other day he texted me with a bit of banter. They’ve been great with me. They can see what I need to do to improve my game and what I’m doing well in. They’ve both been good in terms of communication and that’s made it a lot easier for me to come up here and play with confidence.”

Proving a point to Derby with a big performance

“To be fair I’m not really thinking about that. I’m thinking more about what I can do for Aberdeen right now. It’s a massive occasion for everyone and there’s healthy competition throughout the squad. We don’t know who’s going to be playing yet because everyone’s been training really well and we’ve picked up some good results and good performances from a few individuals. For me, I’m looking at it as the biggest game of my life, cause that’s what it is on Sunday. I do just try to take it game by game, and this one is a massive one for us.”

Onus on everybody else with Shinnie out

“Shinnie has been there in the biggest games this season. He’s always started on the front foot and we’ve followed in that respect. We know he’s going to be there off the pitch but we know we’ll have to do it ourselves like you said. There are experienced lads like Andy at the back, Joe in goal, even Scott McKenna who’s a young lad but he’s got plenty of experience.”

Differences in self since joining Aberdeen

“To be honest, I just feel a lot more comfortable. The gaffer is so good with me as an individual, he knows that I’ll listen to him if he keeps it simple with me. He just gives me different jobs in certain games, like if it’s against Livingston to get forward as much as I can, or against Celtic it’s to keep Forrest quiet. He’ll give me a task and I’ll just try live up to it. Hopefully more often than not he’s happy with me when I come off the pitch. I feel like me and his relationship has gone from strength to strength and I’ve loved working with him so hopefully it stays like that until the end of this season.”

Battles with James Forrest

“He’s probably one of the best wingers I’ve played against. I thrive off the opportunity to keep him quiet, keep tight to him the whole game. If he’s playing and I’m playing I look forward to it. I’ll try and make him run him the other way if I can and hopefully, we can get a goal from it.”

Using League Cup loss as motivation

“It’s added motivation, but it’s not really been spoken about. Everyone around the club knows how much it hurt to perform that well and lose. This time we want to better it, perform better if we can and get the result. The performance was there man to man but we were unlucky not to get the goal. We don’t need more motivation, everyone knows how big a game this is for the club.”

Mentality to get the job done in Glasgow

“I think that’s what is different about this team compared to others I’ve been in, I was at Shrewsbury last year and lost in the playoff final. The bigger the game the more confident of getting a result this team are. When we played Rangers away we were confident of getting the clean sheet and we thrive off not letting them score or getting shots off at Joe. You can look at our away form and see how well we’ve done it just shows we’re always confident no matter who we’re playing.”

Hunger for success on the big stage

“After three showpiece finals I want my first winners medal, I’m sick of getting runners up medals to be fair. I know I’m only 21 and the gaffer has said that a lot of players don’t get the opportunity to get to cup finals in their careers. I’ve been lucky enough to have been involved in three but I need to start winning now and that’s what I’m hungry for.”

How big will games like these be in later years in terms of your development?

“Massive, I already know that now. In ten years’, time I’ll look back on this and think ‘These are the games that made my career’ especially the League Cup final, a massive occasion. I’d like to think I played quite well individually but I’ll always think ‘I can’t believe we didn’t win it.’ Like I said, I just want a winners medal and I’m hungry for that.”

Returning to Derby with a Scottish Cup medal

“It would be massive. This semi final is the biggest game of my career and if we get the win on Sunday, fingers crossed we do, everyone will know about it especially back at home, my mum and dad are coming so everyone would be buzzing and I wouldn’t stop smiling to be fair.”

Concentration levels

“We’re very good in games where we’ve not had much of the ball, sitting off and counter attacking teams so if that’s the way Celtic want to play I think it would suit us well. We’ve got a really strong back four and Joe in goal. Hopefully we can control the game at the right time and try push forward but defensively we’ll be really strong and we’re confident that we’ll get opportunities to score as well.”

Impact of Joe Lewis

“Joe is one of the best keepers I’ve worked with, and I’ve worked with Scott Carson at Derby who has played for England. Joe is right up there in terms of his calmness, he talks at the right times and never forces anything. Some of the saves he’s made this season he’s kept us in games and his experience is second to none. We know players like Joe will be able to step up and fill the leadership gap left by Shinnie.”

Aberdeen FC Scottish Cup Semi Final Press Conference.
ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND – APRIL 9th : Max Lowe of Aberdeen FC poses with the Scottish Cup during a press conference at Pittodrie Stadium on April 9th, 2019 in Aberdeen, Scotland, ahead of the Scottish Cup Semi Final fixture against Celtic at Hampden on Sunday (Photo by Ross Johnston/Newsline Media)

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