Adam Legzdins ready to battle for starting position
ADAM Legzdins is determined to stake his claim for a regular spot in Derby County's starting line-up.
Legzdins made his first appearance of the season in the goalless draw with Brighton & Hove Albion after regular goalkeeper Frank Fielding was ruled out by a groin injury.
After the game, Rams boss Nigel Clough said the former Burton Albion stopper was pushing Fielding for the number one shirt.
And Legzdins is hoping to give Clough a serious selection headache when Fielding is fit again.
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"I suppose the international break has come at the wrong time for me – and for the team as well," said the 25-year-old.
"We're on a little unbeaten run and would have liked to keep that going.
"From a selfish point of view, of course I'd like to play as many games as possible. I've never hidden that fact.
"I want to push Frank and I want to get in the team.
"I don't want to be someone who just sits on the bench.
"So I've tried to come back this season as fit as I can be and work as hard as I can.
"It's hard when you're not playing games. I like to play in every reserve game possible but they're still not the same as a first-team game.
"You definitely lose a bit of your sharpness and edge but I train hard and prepare as if I'm playing every game.
"I'd like to play more games if possible but, obviously, Derby getting the points is the main thing."
Legzdins briefly returned to Burton on loan last season and Clough has talked about the possibility of him going out somewhere again this term – if he was not getting games for the Rams.
"That's something that if it happens, it happens," said Legzdins.
"I don't want to leave Derby, because I'm enjoying it here and I want to prove myself as a Derby player.
"If it's something that comes up, then we'll have to address it.
"But I want to play for Derby and do everything I can to be in this team."
Legzdins believes the Rams have a strong, close-knit squad this season.
"Me and Jimmy (O'Connor) came into the side against Brighton, so I think you can see that we've got strength in depth," he said.
"We all get on well and we're a good set of friends off the pitch.
"That means when you do come in, the encouragement and camaraderie is already there.
"So you slot straight in and you feel that everyone knows their job. It's an easy team to come into.
"I've been at teams in the past where you don't really get on with a lot of the lads, which makes it harder.
"But I think you can see the ethos the manager has created.
"We all want to do well for the team and that shows in some of our battling performances."
After 10 games of the Championship campaign, the Rams are 13th, with 13 points to their name.
"The league is so tight that if you go three games without a win, you can go right down the table and if you go three games unbeaten, you can go up quite a few places," said Legzdins. "Nobody has really pulled away yet.
"We don't fear anybody and I think we've shown that.
"It's a bit of a cliche when you hear managers say they should have more points than they've got.
"But as someone who has been on the bench and watching the majority of this season, I genuinely feel that is a fair assessment. I think we should have more points and if we keep playing like we are, we will get the rewards."