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Maxwell: A platform to build from

9 March 2014

Goalkeeper wants second win of the week at Bury on Tuesday

Chris Maxwell believes three consecutive clean sheets for Fleetwood Town gives them ‘a platform to build on’ going into the rest of the League Two season.

The Cod Army goalkeeper kept his third shut-out in as many matches during the 1-0 win over Torquay United at Plainmoor on Saturday.

And the Welshman was glad to pull through a difficult trip to the South West which saw Jamille Matt grab the winner against the Gulls.

“It’s very pleasing that we’ve got three clean sheets on the bounce now,” said Maxwell. “We’ve got a platform to build on and it’s looking promising.

“It’s difficult for a Northern lot going to Torquay because it’s a long journey and the preparation for the game is going to be difficult, as well as capping it off with 90 minutes of football, but we’ve managed to come through it.”

“In the first half it wasn’t too bad but in the second half it was absolutely horrendous. 

“You can expect that when they’ve got a big, six-foot six-inch striker - they would be silly not to use him. It’s just best that we deal with it the best way we can.”

The 28-year-old spent the first half of the 2013-14 season on loan at Cambridge United in the Conference Premier, where he kept 17 clean sheets before returning to Town in January.

Maxwell has added to that number in recent matches, although he prefers to focus on the aim of the team – achieving promotion.

“It’s fantastic to see stats like that on paper, personally,” said Maxwell. “At the end of the day, though, it doesn’t mean anything if we don’t get promoted. 

“It’s all about team achievements in football. If I can keep the ball out of the net, and we get the three points, then it’s happy days.”

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