Patience proves a virtue for Adam as he keeps his place between posts
DERBY County's current number one Adam Legzdins believes he is reaping the rewards for the patience he showed when he was the Rams' second-choice goalkeeper.
Legzdins joined Derby from Burton Albion in the summer of 2011 and made only two starts in 14 months.
Both came when Frank Fielding was unavailable through suspension and injury.
But an injury to Fielding at Middlesbrough earlier this season opened the door for Legzdins and he has kept his place.
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He made his 20th consecutive appearance in Saturday's draw against Nottingham Forest and the 26-year-old is enjoying having the gloves.
"I said all along I wanted to play and the 20 games have flown by," said Legzdins.
"I feel I am getting into a rhythm now of playing and, hopefully, having a positive effect on the team.
"Personally, I would have liked it to happen even quicker. Last year I felt I was in good form and I had faith in my ability but you have to wait for your time.
"I got my head down, I am not one to complain.
"We have got a terrific squad of players here and when you get the opportunity, you have got to take it.
"But you have to be patient. If you are not patient, you are not helping yourself.
"You see players having tantrums and letting everybody else know they are not happy at not playing but you'd like to think if the manager has signed you, he has done his homework and knows what type of player you are.
"You don't need to sulk because the manager should know you want to play. The energy you waste on having a sulk, you might as well get down to work and then you can say you are doing everything you can."
Legzdins made 51 appearances in his final season at Burton before he signed for Derby.
He admits it was tough to go from playing first-team football week in, week out to not playing.
"It is not easy, definitely not," he said.
"At Crewe, I didn't play as much as I would have liked and it was at Burton when I started playing every week.
"To go from that to not playing again was hard but, hopefully, I am reaping the rewards for being patient and working hard.
"Now I want to continue to play as long as I can."