Bell relishing his role in Brewers' plan
LEE Bell picked up the man-of-the-match champagne after Saturday's 2-0 win over Southend United and then spoke about how much he is relishing the role given to him by Burton Albion manager Gary Rowett.
Bell is deployed as a holding midfielder by the Brewers and it is his calmness on the ball which impresses most.
A tight situation never seems to concern him and, more often than not, he sets things in motion with a simple pass.
He added more against Southend with a superb cross under pressure for Calvin Zola's opening goal and then a goal of his own, from 20 yards, with the aid of a deflection.
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Generally, Bell's role allows fellow central midfielder Robbie Weir and winger Jacques Maghoma more freedom to attack – and he is fine with that.
"I've never been a box-to-box player," said Bell.
"I get up there now and again but it's the same for every footballer – when you're playing, you're enjoying it.
"It suits me. It allows other players to express themselves and go forward and it's all a little bit easier when you're a winning team.
"I still think I can do better at times and I'll maybe sit down with the manager and talk about that."
The last comment is similar to one made by Maghoma recently and symbolises the sort of work ethic and spirit that manager Gary Rowett has tried to instil in the squad.
Bell, who previously had two loan spells at Burton before playing for Crewe Alexandra and Macclesfield Town, became a permanent Brewer in the summer.
"The spirit is top class," he said.
"The boys are really together and I've never been anywhere before where the boys socialise together so much. They're round each other's houses and it's a really good bunch."
He added that the players were delighted with the way they responded to last week's 3-2 defeat away to Barnet, a game he missed through suspension.
They came back to beat first Rochdale 3-2 and then Southend over Christmas.
"We were disappointed with the result at Barnet but just because they are down there doesn't mean that they shouldn't be getting anything," said Bell.
"They went on to beat Gillingham, after all, and every team is capable of that.
"We've showed good character after that in the way we've bounced back with two good results.
"That's what the manager is on about with us. When you win, it's gone. When you lose, it's gone – you're on to the next game. We're trying to get that mentality."
Burton dealt with everything Southend could throw at them.
"We handled their long balls into the box. They are a good team and this was a good benchmark for us," added Bell.
"When we're at it, we have too much energy for teams.
"It was up to us to take the game to them and I thought we did that quite well."