Adam staking a claim to be number one for the Rams
NIGEL Clough admits Adam Legzdins is pushing Frank Fielding for the number one spot at Derby County.
Legzdins replaced the injured Fielding for Saturday's home game against Brighton and kept a clean sheet in the goalless draw.
It was the 25-year-old goalkeeper's first appearance of the season and only his third start since he signed from Burton Albion in July 2011.
He has also made two appearances as a substitute and has yet to taste defeat in the first team.
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Nigel Clough was delighted with Legzdins performance against Brighton.
"We had no hesitation at all about bringing Adam in as soon as Frank picked up a groin strain in the last minute of the game at Middlesbrough," said Clough.
"Adam has been an excellent number two and he is pushing Frank all the way.
"We will see what we do when Frank is fit.
"Adam's been coming on nicely in the last year or two and he's been chomping at the bit waiting for a chance.
"He is a very competent keeper. He made a couple of good saves, his kicking was good and he looks calm at this level.
"He made a great save when he tipped the ball onto the bar in the second half and we got away with it when their lad headed the rebound wide."
Clough is very happy with the goalkeeping cover.
He said: "It's great to have two goalkeepers like Frank and Adam, and three when you count Saul Deeney who was on the bench after coming back from injury."
Fielding could be fit after the two-week international break.
"Frank's had a scan, and it's just a strain. So it depends how it settles," said Clough.