Stopper faces battle to regain place

IPSWICH Town manager Roy Keane expects goalkeeper Richard Wright to fight hard for his place back in the Blues team after being dropped for Saturday's visit of Swansea.

Elvin King

IPSWICH Town manager Roy Keane expects goalkeeper Richard Wright to fight hard for his place back in the Blues team after being dropped for Saturday's visit of Swansea.

Keane felt that he needed a fresh face between the posts after conceding 16 goals in their previous six matches and brought in Asmir Begovic on a three-month loan from Portsmouth.

Begovic had a quiet debut after conceding early on, and although Wright was not named on the bench Keane sees him keeping the newcomer on his toes and ready to step back in at any time.

“It's my job to make decisions and I like to surprise people sometimes,” said Keane.

“It's good for players to recharge their batteries and chill out for one or two days. But I know Richard and I know his reaction to being left out will be first class.”

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Keane was far from downhearted by another failure to gain that elusive first win of the season.

“The players are training well and I can't fault them,” he said.

“It wasn't ideal to concede another early goal. I'm not sure if the boy was offside but you have to deal with setbacks in a game.

“You haven't got a divine right to score first.

“Swansea have got good players but I don't think we looked like a side at the bottom of the table.”

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