ADAM Legzdins believes Derby County’s clean sheet against Huddersfield Town on Saturday was “long overdue”, and hailed the part his team-mates played in recording it.
The Rams had not shut a team out in the league since the 2-0 win away to Bristol City on December 15, but an excellent all-round display at Pride Park ensured goalkeeper Legzdins had plenty to smile about at the final whistle.
The former Burton Albion stopper said: “I thought it was a fantastic performance from start to finish.
“Defensively we deserved a clean sheet, which was an important thing.
“I personally think it’s been long overdue, as a team.
“We defend and attack as a team, and I thought Conor (Sammon) and Wardy (Jamie Ward) started that off by working really hard in the final third.
“And that set us up with a great chance to keep a clean sheet.”
While the Terriers were hardly the toughest test that Derby will face this season, in ex-Ram James Vaughan and lively substitute Sean Scannell they did keep the home defence on their toes, but centre-halves Richard Keogh and Mark O’Brien did an excellent job of minimising Legzdins’ workload.
The 26-year-old said: “I don’t think I had many saves to make.
“They were bound to create a few chances, and we soaked up a bit of pressure, but I thought we looked solid and limited them to very few shots.”
Legzdins was also pleased that he and his colleagues put behind them their heavy FA Cup defeat to Blackburn Rovers last weekend.
He said: “It was a good chance for us to go on a good run against Blackburn, but they are a good side and on the day we weren’t as good as we have been.
“It was great to get back to winning ways in the league, which is obviously the important thing.
“I think we started the game really well, and apart from a little 10-minute spell in the second-half where we weren’t as good and gave them a bit of encouragement, I thought we looked really strong.
“We weathered that spell and we deserved the clean sheet, which makes 3-0 better than 3-1.”
Now the Penkridge-born custodian wants to take that showing into this Saturday’s trip to Sheffield Wednesday as they seek their first win on the road since that victory over the Robins.
He said: “It gives us a solid platform to try and get an away win, which we’re well overdue.
“I think the way we played today was perhaps not our prettiest performance in terms of passing, but we were solid and didn’t make any errors.
“That’s what we’ve got to be like away from home, and if we play the way we played today we’ll give ourselves a really good chance against Sheffield Wednesday.”