Ryan Allsop hopes he has done enough to retain his place in Derby County’s starting line-up moving forward.
The 29-year-old goalkeeper has started Derby’s last two Sky Bet Championship matches and kept back-to-back clean sheets.
Kelle Roos’ red card in the loss at Sheffield United handed Allsop his first league start for the club in the 1-0 home victory over Reading last Wednesday.
Allsop impressed with a solid display, in which he made several fine saves, and he kept his place in the side for Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Swansea City at Pride Park Stadium.
The summer signing from Wycombe Wanderers produced another impressive showing as the Rams picked up successive shut-outs on home turf for the first time this term.
After being limited to Carabao Cup outings earlier in the campaign against Salford City and Sheffield United, the former England youth international knew the importance of grasping the opportunity to shine.
Allsop hopes that he has done enough to retain his place in Wayne Rooney’s side when they return to action following the two-week international break later this month.
“I was 50/50 about if I would be in the team,” Allsop told RamsTV after the draw with Swansea.
“My mindset is a playing mindset whether I am the number two goalkeeper or not.
“Kelle was brilliant in the first part of the season and his red card at Sheffield United was maybe a little harsh, but it gave me my opportunity and I just wanted to take it.
“Luckily the manager has kept faith with me and kept me in the team, so hopefully it’s up to me now to keep the shirt with Kelle, and David Marshall too, breathing down my neck.”
Allsop has described the support offered to him by his counterpart Roos as ‘brilliant’.
The Dutchman enjoyed a positive start to the campaign himself and kept two clean sheets in the season’s opening five league games.
Roos was on the bench against Swansea after returning from suspension and provided plenty of encouragement to his fellow custodian.
“We have a great relationship as goalkeepers and push each other really hard in training every day,” Allsop said.
“Hopefully it’s my position to lose and mine to keep hold of but that is ultimately down to the manager.
“Kelle was brilliant on Saturday and I am sure it was difficult for him to not come back in. I understand that and we know it’s important that we stay together and push each other every day.”
Allsop, along with Roos and David Marshall, works with Head Goalkeeping Coach Jason Pearcey on a daily basis.
Pearcey was appointed to Rooney’s coaching staff in January of this year when he took up the managerial post on a permanent basis.
Allsop has enjoyed working with Pearcey, previously a coach in Derby’s Academy, and the rest of the Rams’ shot-stoppers.
“Jason Pearcey’s been brilliant,” he said. “His enthusiasm, aura around the place and everything about him has been great.
“I spoke to him in the summer about coming here and knew it was the move I wanted.
“We managed to get it over the line and working together day in day out has been brilliant, as it has been with Kelle and Marshy. We’ve all got a good working relationship.”