Lee joins the elite

IN-FORM Ipswich striker Alan Lee has powered his way into a Championship select side.Eight-goal Republic of Ireland international Lee is named in the Actim Index Team of the Month for October, during which a hat-trick in the 5-0 home win over Luton was his number one individual highlight.

By Mel Henderson

IN-FORM Ipswich striker Alan Lee has powered his way into a Championship select side.

Eight-goal Republic of Ireland international Lee is named in the Actim Index Team of the Month for October, during which a hat-trick in the 5-0 home win over Luton was his number one individual highlight.

The Town star takes his place in the following line-up:

Jensen (Burnley) - Alexander (Preston), Higginbotham (Stoke), Duff (Burnley), Griffin (Stoke) - Whaley (Preston), J O'Connor (Burnley), Koumas (West Brom), Huckerby (Norwich) - Lee (Ipswich), McSheffrey (Birmingham).

Lee and Gary McSheffrey, who cost the Blues more than £3 million when he moved from Coventry earlier this season, contributed seven goals between them during October.

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The Ipswich man has failed to find the net in his last two outings but had scored all his goals for the season in the space of the eight previous fixtures.

Actim's Team of the Month has been compiled by calculating the highest-ranked players in October from each position in the Index - the official player ratings of the Coca-Cola Championship.

The Championship Actim Index was developed in partnership with statisticians from Salford University, one of the UK's leading centres for sports statistics.