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Lumley: I'm Here To Keep Clean Sheets

Stopper On Form In Stalemate At MK Dons

25 March 2018

Joe Lumley was happy to play his part by making a number of important saves in Blackpool’s goal-less draw at MK Dons.

The clean sheet was Blackpool’s third in four away games, and the sixth since Lumley joined the club in January.

Having now featured 12 times since his loan arrival from QPR, it’s fair to say that the 23-year-old is enjoying his football.

“I love it. I just love playing football and though I was on the bench at QPR at the start of the season and I loved learning and watching the game at a great standard, I wanted to be on the pitch and playing. It’s been good to keep clean sheets because that’s what I’m here to do,” he said.

A big facet of his game is his command of the penalty area, with the ‘keeper quick to come off his line and claim the ball when in the air.

“I’ve always been taught, because of my height, to keep coming for crossing. If you don’t get there, don’t worry about it and keep coming again. It’s a big part of my game, coming for crosses, and I enjoy doing that. The defenders always say it’s a big relief for them.”

Though The Seasiders’ were content with things defensively at MK Dons yesterday, the performance is one that can be much improved on from an attacking point of view.

“We didn’t perform as well as we should have done. We can perform better than that, but we got a clean sheet away from home and we’ll take that, as well as the point.

“The season is not over yet so we keep working hard every day and treat every game the same. We’ll now go into the Easter period and try and pick up some more points,” Lumley added.


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