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Maxwell: Competition is important

18 February 2014

Goalkeeper looks back on his first two starts for the Cod Army

Chris Maxwell believes Fleetwood have more than enough quality amongst their ranks to reverse their first-leg defeat and overcome Chesterfield to secure their place in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final.

The 23-year-old goalkeeper made his Highbury debut and kept a clean sheet in the home victory over Northampton Town on Saturday afternoon.

After impressing on loan in the first half of the season on-loan at Cambridge United, where he kept 16 clean sheets, Maxwell has also paid tribute to the Fleetwood staff for ensuring he maintains his match sharpness.

Reflecting on his first two appearances in the Fleetwood starting line-up, Maxwell told the club’s official website: “It was good to make my debut at Wycombe last week and follow that up with a clean sheet in front of the home supporters at the weekend. 

“It is not about me, it is about the team picking up victories and the clean sheet was an added bonus. 

“I have been ready for match action and that is down to David Lucas and various other staff at the football club. 

“I have had a month and a half without any first team football compared to playing week in week out. 

“It is a credit to them and I was always ready to step in when needed and hopefully I have proven that.”

In what potentially could be only his third appearance in the starting line-up, Maxwell and his team-mates will be charged with the task of overturning a 3-1 first-leg defeat and securing a place at Wembley when they face Chesterfield on Tuesday night.

Maxwell made the trip to the iconic stadium twice last season whilst on-loan at Wrexham and he insists Town have enough quality to turn the tie around and secure their place in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy finale.

“We have competition all over the pitch. For a team pushing for promotion you are going to need that type of competition.

“We have got enough quality players to win the game on Tuesday night at Chesterfield. We have looked solid in the last couple of games apart from the goal conceded against Wycombe.

“I can’t see why we can’t get a clean sheet away from home and we have got plenty of fire power up front and throughout the team to score goals.”

Maxwell's team mate Evans got on the score sheet twice at the weekend, but will the winger replicate his goal scoring form on Tuesday at Chesterfield?

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