Joe Skarz has been a model of consistency for Rotherham United this season, but the defender is using one of his few big mistakes to fuel his desire to improve.
After back-to-back promotions, the 25-year-old left-backis enjoying life in the Championship ... apart from a midweek defeat at Bolton Wanderers last month.
“I’m satisfied with how I’ve started,” he said.
“However, At Bolton I lost my man for a goal. I know mistakes happen in football but it disappointed me to do that because it cost us the points.
“I’m always trying to improve and get better. It’s about working hard.”
This season is Skarz’ first taste of the second tier, and the 25-year-old admits he is looking and learning all the time.
“There are a lot of quality full-backs in this league,” he said. “You’ve got to look at them and maybe get little things off them, what they do and how it could improve you.”
Rotherham went into the international break on the back of a win over Blackburn Rovers, the team Skarz supported as a boy, and a draw with leaders Norwich City, and are showing definite signs they’re coming to terms with the demands of a tough league.
“In the last few games we’ve kept the ball a lot better whereas in the first few games we sacrificed possession,” Skarz said. “We’ve had a lot of the ball and we’ve moved it around and created chances. We’ve got forward and created opportunites.”