Lowton In Team Of The Week (11/4/17)
Burnley are represented in the latest Premier League team of the week that has been selected by BBC pundit Garth Crooks.
Actually Garth is now down as a 'Football Analyst' these days, a posh term for a pundit then!
The performance by Matt Lowton in the scoreless draw with Middlsbrough at the weekend at the Riverside Stadium was enough to earn them a place in the side alongside the other, in the opinion of the former Spurs striker anyway, most impressive performers in the topflight over the latest weekend.
I think we'll already know ourselves, and not just based on the latest performance, why Crooks, we'll also not argue with it, selected Lowton as part of his team but explaining his choice he told the BBC.
'Matthew Lowton's headed clearance off the line from Stewart Downing's free-kick was absolutely sensational. For the full-back to recognise that keeper Tom Heaton was vulnerable and Downing was about to put the free-kick over the wall and into the top right-hand corner was intuitive genius. Lowton left the wall having spotted the danger. But if that wasn't enough he almost immediately afterwards cleared off the line again - this time from Daniel Ayala's header. These two clearances were not just brilliant but game-changers. I've seen defenders panic in those positions and head the ball into the roof of their own net or get their feet in a tangle at the crucial moment. Lowton was as steady as a rock and kept his eye on the ball - clearing his lines and the danger. It's these moments in games that define seasons for teams like Burnley. This was a fixture that produced no goals but, in the final analysis, Burnley didn't care. They have begged, borrowed and stolen points this season and Lowton - like their entire back five - did a superb job.'
It's always good to see the club represented in this way, and well played to Lowton for his recognition, but the most important thing about the weekend was of course the point.
Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Matthew Lowton (Burnley), James Collins (West Ham United), David Luiz (Chelsea), Marcos Alonso (Chelsea), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United), Eden Hazard (Chelsea).