Roy's backing for keeper Wright

RICHARD Wright has been given the backing of Ipswich Town manager Roy Keane to stay in goal for today's Championship game against Barnsley at Oakwell (kick-off 3pm).

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RICHARD Wright has been given the backing of Ipswich Town manager Roy Keane to stay in goal for today's Championship game against Barnsley at Oakwell (kick-off 3pm).

The Blues keeper has let in 14 goals in the last five games but Keane has no hesitation about naming him on the team sheet as Town seek their first league win of the season.

“Richard has been a great servant to Ipswich Town and is a top quality goalkeeper,” said Keane.

“We must not lose sight of the fact that he has made some excellent saves, and when a keeper makes a mistake it often proves crucial.

“I'm not going to pinpoint blame for our poor defensive record with Sheffield United's late goal on Tuesday coming more because we failed to keep the ball better.

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“That was the most upsetting part. Our errors have mainly come from individual mistakes and although we are working hard in training to tighten things up at the back there is not much a manager can do to eradicate individual errors.”

Keane looks unlikely to make changes today although he indicated that Colin Healy, Damien Delaney and Connor Wickham might come into the squad.

“Gareth McAuley came back in at Sheffield United and did well and Carlos Edwards is looking sharper,” said Keane. “And the two upfront did extremely well.”

Alex Bruce is expected to be fit to return after the international break in two weeks once fluid around his leg injury has subsided. David Norris travelled with the squad to Bramall Lane and has been told it will be December when he will return.

“Make that November then,” quipped Keane, who sees Norris as a quick healer. “He travelled with us to be part of the banter.

“But on the way home there was nothing said for four hours because the lads were so disappointed with their failure to win.”

Keane remains hopeful he can strengthen his squad before the visit of Swansea on October 17, but he said: “There is always a number of hurdles to get over when it comes to signings - permanent or loan.

“Perhaps players are reluctant to sign for a team at the foot of the table, wages have to be sorted and agents dealt with.

“Clubs are also reluctant to let certain players go, but I am hoping we can bring in a couple soon.

“I will be telling them they can play their part in lifting us up the table and in so doing help us, help themselves and we will all be winners.”

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