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Maxi Loving Playing His Part

24 November 2016

Goalkeeper Chris Maxwell has been in impressive form since taking his chance in the EFL Cup back in September.

Maxwell came into the starting  Xl against AFC Bournemouth and has been between the sticks since, helping North End to a run of just one defeat in nine league games. 

Speaking of the form of both himself and the team, the 26-year-old said: "I'm feeling really good at the moment, the lads are flying, the work ethic within the group both on and off the training field and in the games has been nothing short of first class so it's exciting times. 

"I love contributing to the team and being a massive part of that run is something that I've been really happy with. It's good to see the team climbing the table, pushing to what I think we are capable of and let's hope we can push further. 

"I think us pressing teams has encouraged us to play a high line which allows me to monitor the space in behind the defence which is something that I've been doing for a long time and I'm used to that so it's fantastic the way it's panned out really."

It's well documented that there is a terrific team spirit within the North End ranks, and that relationship between the players has shown more than ever in recent weeks with the understanding between the goalkeeper and the defenders in front.

"We've got a very good defensive unit and we've got a good relationship going at the moment and the team is playing very well together. 

"I think the closeness of a group really shows on the football field, it's no coincidence that the performances that we have produced over the last few weeks and the results to go with it is nothing short of brilliant and I think it's down to the chemistry that we have."

Next up for PNE is the visit of Burton Albion on Saturday, the first time the two sides have faced each other. Despite the Brewers being the new boys in the division, Maxi and his teammates won't be underestimating this weekend's visitors. 

"It will be another tough test, another solid team that is difficult to beat. They are experiencing life in the Championship for the first time so it's going to be a new environment for them to play in.

"It will be difficult, we have just got to make sure that we do what we do and perform to the best of our ability, keep our work ethic high, listen to the manager and the staff and if we do that  I fully expect us to get three points."

You can hear more from Maxwell on PNE PlayerHD now by clicking here.

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