Midfielder Coutts' goal is to raise his strike rate
PAUL Coutts says he needs to add more goals to his game.
The Derby County midfielder has scored once in 20 appearances since he joined the club from Preston North End in the summer.
His goal was a late equaliser in the 2-2 draw at Middlesbrough at the beginning of October.
"I know I need to add more goals to my game but it just isn't coming for me at the minute," said Coutts ahead of today's Championship clash against Leeds United at Pride Park.
"At Leicester last Saturday, Kasper Schmeichel made a great save from me," added Coutts. "So, I'll just continue to plug away, keep getting my shots off and the goals will come eventually."
Coutts is set to make the 150th League appearance of his career in England, having also played for Peterborough United as well as Preston.
One of those games was a remarkable high-scoring affair against today's opponents, Leeds.
The game was at Elland Road in September 2010. Preston, with Coutts in their team, went ahead after only five minutes through Jon Parkin but Leeds stormed into a 4-1 lead before Preston fought back to win 6-4.
"That's my best memory of playing against Leeds," said Coutts, who says the Derby players are determined to make up for the 4-1 defeat at Leicester City a week ago.
"We are delighted to be back at home in front of our own fans," he added.
"We're playing pretty well at home and we will look to continue that.
"We were more disappointed with the result than the performance against Leicester and we will try to put that right against Leeds.
"They have picked up after a sticky patch but every team in this league goes through ups and downs.
"They are having a nice little spell now but, hopefully, we will put an end to that."
Three successive victories over Crystal Palace, Leicester and Huddersfield have seen Leeds leap up the table.