Ipswich Town's Arran Lee-Barrett attitude buoys Jewell

Arran Lee-Barrett
Lee-Barrett joined Ipswich from Hartlepool in 2009

Ipswich Town boss Paul Jewell has praised the resilience of keeper Arran Lee-Barrett following Saturday's 1-0 win over Derby.

The 27-year-old has been overlooked for the majority of the season.

"He's been left out for Richard Wright when David Stockdale got injured," Jewell told BBC Radio Suffolk.

"He had four put past him at Burnley even though he was our best player. And he's come in, made some really good saves and took his opportunity."

The victory over the Rams was only his second league start of the campaign, with David Stockdale initially Jewell's preferred choice between the sticks, until he returned to parent club Fulham last week.

The signing of Richard Wright in November saw Lee-Barrett fall to third in line for the shot stopper position.

But the former Hartlepool man put in a stand-out performance at the weekend to record Town's first clean-sheet since a 1-0 win over Portsmouth on 18 October.

"I'm really pleased for him," added Jewell. "For the back four and the goalkeeper it's a nice feeling.

"We haven't had too many clean sheets - hardly any - this season. We've got to build on it now."

Town brought a seven-game losing run to an end last week with a win over Barnsley and back-to-back victories have lifted them to five points above the relegation zone.

"It was important to get something out of the game having stopped the rot of seven defeats on the bounce," said Jewell.

"And it makes the Barnsley victory even more sweet now."