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Maxi Looking To Maintain Form

14 August 2017

Chris Maxwell is hoping North End can build on a positive start to the 2017/18 campaign.

Alex Neil's side have taken on two of the teams tipped for success this season in Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United, and after picking up four points from the opening two games, Maxwell is looking to maintain that form going forward.

"The credit has got to go to the manager, he has come in, he's implemented his ideas, the lads have taken it on board and given it 100 per cent.

"The manager has dictated who we want to play and I think it's a refreshing change, we've done as he has said and to go along with that, the performances have shown that it seems to be working.

"The test now is whether we can keep doing it and maintaining that and keep doing the things that we've been doing and then we will be in for a really exciting season.

The 27-year-old put in a man of the match performance at Elland Road at the weekend, and has been impressed with the team as a whole.

"It's been fantastic, our performances have been first class and our work ethic has been brilliant and to go along with that we have played two teams who are going to be right up there at the end of the season and we've dominated both games, up until the sending off against Leeds.

"It's been really pleasing and from a goalkeeper's point of view, seeing the lads like that in front of you has been excellent.

With an emphasis on attacking the opposition under manager Alex Neil, the gaffer has made sure the squad don't forget about their defensive responsibilities and Maxi has praised his teammates for their efforts in front of him on the pitch.

"I think you've got to have both sides to your game, we've proved that we can attack teams and create a lot of chances but also the defensive side of things, up until the sending off on Saturday I don't think I've had a save to make in the league.

"That's a credit to the lads in front of me and us as leaders on the pitch with organising and making sure everyone is doing their jobs and together as a whole it's fantastic.

"The defensive side of things is important and we've proved that we've got a great togetherness in the squad, the gaffer reiterated it as well and we've got that in abundance at our club and it's only a good thing.

The PNE No.22 also had a few words to say on the departure of goalkeeping coach Alan Kelly last week, someone who had a huge influence on Maxwell during his time working under him.

"I haven't got a bad word to say about Kells, he's brought me on leaps and bounds since I've come to the club. He has a massive influence in bringing me to the club and he's improved me no end.

"He's become a good friend of mine and one that I will always stay in contact with and always look to for advice. He's always at the end of the phone for me which is something that I am going to need at some point.

"People don't realise it but people like Alan Kelly don't come around too often, he's been in football since he was born and he's got a vast amount of experience and knowledge and I'm just really lucky that I'm one of the ones that he passed that down to and he's really improved my game.

"He's going to be missed but it was Kells' decision and things change, people want new challenges and I know that myself and everyone else at the club wish him all the best.

"He's certainly not going to be a stranger to us all because I would imagine he will be supporting the lads from the stand every weekend."

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