ADAM Legzdins says the only thing stopping Derby County from cracking the top six is their dire away form.
The Rams have lost four on the bounce away from Fortress Pride Park — scoring twice and conceding 12 goals.
Their nadir so far this season came with Saturday’s 4-1 defeat at rivals Leicester City.
But at home they have been solid, losing only once in unfortunate circumstances to Burnley.
Now, goalkeeper Legzdins wants to see a tougher Derby on the road in the Championship.
“I think the only thing stopping us from being in the top six is our away form,” said former Burton Albion custodian Legzdins, 26.
“We’ve got to roll our sleeves up and learn from these games because we’re not far away.
“We played some really good football against Leicester and controlled the game for long periods. It could have been a lot different.
“The lads were really buzzing before the game and I had a real sense we were going to do something good.
“We were confident, we’d trained really well and there was no fear in the team at all.
“We had every intention to get something and be positive, hence the team selection.”
Legzdins, who has been outstanding since replacing Frank Fielding between the sticks, wants a tighter defence.
The model professional has even blamed himself, somewhat harshly, for the goal conceded by the Rams in the 1-1 draw with Cardiff City.
“We’re conceding too many goals at the moment and that’s something I know I’m not happy about — and neither is anyone else,” he said.
“I was disappointed with the goal against Cardiff early on and the guys were disappointed to give away a free header at Leicester.
“But we’ve got to take responsibility for our actions, we’ve got to analyse what we’ve done wrong and move on.
“If we don’t give away goals early on like we have done here, we’ve got a real chance of beating these teams.
“The longer it stays 0-0, the more chance you’ve got of getting something out the game.
“Everyone knows that and it’s disappointing to be conceding early goals at the moment.
“We’re a hungry bunch and we’ll learn from it. There’s going to be no hiding place.
“There’s a great opportunity to go and put it right in the next game.”
Penkridge-born Legzdins is hurting from Saturday’s spanking at the King Power Stadium and is backing Derby to bounce straight back.
“These results do eat away at you as a player - and it was the same after the Cardiff game, because I didn’t have much to do and I felt I was sloppy,” he said.
“Against Leicester, I had a few saves to make and that’s my job. I don’t like losing, but I think there were plenty of positives.
“It’s not all doom and gloom and we’ll bounce back straight away, I’m sure.”