Kelle Roos is confident Derby County are making steps in the right direction as they look to put together a consistent run of results to climb the Sky Bet Championship table.

Derby sit 16th in the standings and will return to action following the third international break of the season with a home fixture against high-flying Preston North End on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

Phillip Cocu’s side have registered five wins, six draws and five defeats from their opening 16 league matches of the 2019/20 campaign.

Their home form at Pride Park Stadium has been impressive, picking up four wins and three draws from eight matches.

On the road, however, a single victory from eight matches highlights an area for improvement.

Goalkeeper Roos, who has been an ever-present in the league so far this season, says plenty of hard work has been taking place on the training ground as the Rams look to continue to grow as a side.

The 27-year-old custodian is also confident Derby aren’t far away from embarking on a positive run.

“It all starts on the training ground,” Roos told the Preston North End edition of The Ram.

“You must work hard every day and then that becomes the mindset.

“Relationships are built on the training ground so you must work within the unit you play in, press as a team, defend as a team and keep battling. If you do that then it becomes easier on a matchday.

“At home we have a little run going, but away from home it’s not going how we want it to and I feel like it’s down to small margins. We are not far away from getting a few wins on the road but it’s now about doing the things that can help us pick up results. I think if we can do that then we will climb up the table quickly.”

Roos has also stressed the need for Derby to ensure they make the most of spells in games when they are on top.

Recent away matches and Hull City and Nottingham Forest have seen the Rams enjoy the better of proceedings but return home empty handed.

He said: “People say you earn your luck and that’s what happens. If you keep pushing, then it will fall your way eventually.

“If we are more ruthless as a team across the pitch then we won’t be far off it. We need to not let teams off the hook when we’re in positions to take advantage.”

The full interview with Kelle Roos can be found in the Preston North End edition of The Ram, which will be available from programme sellers and the DCFCMegastore for £3 per copy on Saturday.