Lee-Barrett Pleased to Be Playing After Up and Down Season Tuesday, 14th Feb 2012 14:00
Keeper Arran Lee-Barrett has reflected on what is proving to be a topsy-turvy campaign with no lack of competition for the Town first team berth.
Despite England squad man David Stockdale (Fulham) and Alex McCarthy (Reading) both arriving at Portman Road on loan, as well as Richard Wright returning for a third spell with the club, Lee-Barrett has clocked up 10 appearances.
The Ipswich-born keeper, who is contracted until June 2013, said: “On a personal note I am very pleased to be playing. It has been up and down with patches where I’ve played and others where I’ve been out of the team. But it’s a squad game and everyone at the club is important.”
Asked how he reacted upon hearing the news that McCarthy had been signed on loan, Lee-Barrett admitted: “It was disappointing but you just have to keep going.”
And when the conversation turned to the possibility of a new loan defender being recruited to fill the gap caused by Sonko’s absence, the goalkeeper commented: “I think we’ve got a couple of good defenders in Damo and Tommy.
“But if the manager wants to bring someone in that’s his decision. Any player joining us will find it’s a good dressing room to come into. We’re all together and we’ll welcome him.
“It’s been great for confidence winning our last two games and collecting the points to move up the table. I feel we have done well in our last four games and it was nice to see us taking that into Saturday’s game against Middlesbrough.”
I actually think he's a perfectly decent keeper.. he's made mistakes, but, so does everybody. I don't think we should be dropping him. Surely he is exactly what people want in terms of a hungry player, right?
I agree. To be fair Peter Schmeical would have looked like a flapping gian behind our defence at time this season. Deserves a steady run with a settled defence, confidence is key with keepers and he has not made any massive howlers. Yes he could have come out quicker against Leeds but he had just came off the bench and had been dropped for IMO a worse goalkeeper.
his distribution saturday (other than one kick that went into touch) looked pretty good... no hoofing up pitch as we have seen of old. The best of the bunch of what we currently have, give him rest of season, but def recruit in Summer (Loach is my preference)
I still do not believe ALB is the answer, but has done okay for us this season and was frankly, like a number of other players, badly/harshly treated by PJ, who I understood (wrongly) was supposed to be an arm round the shoulder type of manager.
sadly, PJ continues to not learn from his many many mistakes and even in January signed another loan keeper for just three months to April. Even if McCarthy played, what was he going to do in April? Return poor ALB to the starting line up I suspect. PJ has been in charge for almost 14 months and it's disappointing that he still makes these poor decisions. Where is the CB or two?
Best of luck to ALB tonight. He deserves a run in the team - no thanks to PJ.
Agree think that ALB has taken a lot of unfair stick and that he is quite a compotent keeper.He's had a lot to put up with since arriving at PR what with the last two managers don't seem to have much faith in him , but to his credit he has just gritted his teeth and kept on going which imo has made him a better keeper, keep up the good work ALB.
Why can't he be our number one? The trouble is, he makes a mistake and seems to get dropped, remember many keepers don't really come good until they hit their late 20's/early 30's I think I've seen enough in him that given the right coaching and given his own desire to play that he could well be our number one! Look at some of the decisions that Stockdale made, they weren't always great, McCarthy, I'm sorry but he is rubbish and Wright hasn't really been any good since 2001. In my view he's the best that we've got at the moment and if he keeps up his level of performance he could stake a claim to be number one. Maybe that's why PJ has only so far brought in loaness, because he sees something in ALB?
a decent keeper, agree with blue lady, scott loach in the summer, but for now certainly willing to give him a run. Been treated poorly i think, but has kept a very professional attitude, exactly the attitude that we want... he deserves this...coyb
I think ALB is starting to prove a lot of people wrong and I'm glad that he is being given a decent run in the team. I just hope that PJ stops bloody getting in paltry loan keepers and gives ALB the chance to really establish himself. Go for it, young man.
I lie Arran Lee-barrett and always have. He has a wonderful attitude and is a local lad worthy of the number one jersey on merit in my view. This is not the first time we have gone on a sustained winning streak with him in goal. Coincidence? Confusius said that there is no such thing and I am inclined to agree!