Preston North End left-back Scott Laird admits that his form has been ‘a game of two halves’ this season.
The 25-year-old is content with how he is defending but thinks his attacking play needs polishing up.
Before he broke his leg in November 2012, Laird prided himself on the number of assists he provided and had a decent scoring record.
Since coming back from the injury at the start of the season, Laird has found the net once.
Laird told the Evening Post: “In some aspects of my play I’m still nowhere near where I can be and I’m just happy that the gaffer has been putting his trust in me.
“I know I can be so much better and I will get better.
“Defensively, I feel really good at the moment and have put in some good displays.
“Last Saturday I was up against Walsall’s Febian Brandy and he came off after an hour.
“Before that, it was Kieran Agard for Rotherham, and I handled him well. Both of them are very good players and I was pleased with how I did against them.
“First and foremost, I am a defender and my job is to defend.
“But I still want to get myself going a bit more when it comes to the attacking side of my game.
“I need to believe in myself a bit more, get a goal or two and put in some more crosses.
“There is more to come from me and the more games I play will help.
“Life is great – I’m at a big club which is right there in the League One promotion mix.
“We have lost four games all season which, along with Wolves, is the least number in this division.
“Okay, we’ve drawn more games than we should have done but losing just four games is a decent achievement.
“What we need to be is a bit more ruthless, a bit more nasty when it comes to finishing teams off.
“We have seen some of the other teams around us get big wins, and we could do with a couple of those ourselves.
“It would be nice to really put teams out of sight instead of having to hang on.”
PNE hit the road for their next two games, with the trip to Oldham on Saturday followed by a visit to Laird’s former club Stevenage next Tuesday night.
They will hopefully benefit from the clear midweek which has enabled some extra time on the training pitch.
Said Laird: “As a footballer all you want to do is play Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday as often as possible.
“But once in a while it is good to have a free midweek so that you can get on the training ground and work on one or two things which need attention.
“We’re looking forward to the Oldham game – they are a good team, as we found out earlier in the season.
“They beat us here in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and even when we won against them in the league game, Oldham played ever so well.
“Our away record speaks volumes and hopefully we can go there and make it even better.
“We think that automatic promotion is still within reach – there’s a lot of football to be played with teams around us still to play each other.”