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Chris Maxwell: “The Players Have A Point To Prove”

9 February 2017

PNE take on Brentford this Saturday, and Chris Maxwell feels that the players are looking for redemption.

In the reverse fixture in September, the Lilywhites were beaten 5-0, conceding three goals late on at Griffin Park- a humbling experience for the players.
Maxwell, who was on the bench for that game, respects Saturday’s opposition but believes the outcome of this weekend’s match will be different from their last meeting.
Speaking to PNE PlayerHD ahead of the game, the 26-year-old said: “They proved how good they are when we played them last time, I don’t think the score line reflected the game but I don’t think we deserved anything from it either.
“They are a good team, their passes cut us open at times. At the time, they had Scott Hogan, who was on fire, and he is a big loss for them and hopefully it is our gain.
“It happens to every team that they don’t perform in certain games and that was one of ours this season.
“I think it will be in the back of players' minds but if we perform well and do our jobs there is no reason we can’t get the three points."
The Bees have played some stellar football since being promoted in 2013-14 season from League One, finishing 5th and 9th, preferring a possession style of play.
PNE's No. 22 believes that the visitors will have a hard time implementing that style of play at Deepdale and the team are prepared for the challenge. 
“They are footballing team and like to keep possession but that doesn’t win you games.
“It is what you do in the final third that is important. It will be difficult for them to come to Deepdale and dominate possession.
“Everyone who has been to watch us this season, particularly at home, knows that we are a pressing team.
“We work hard and have got that frame of mind of stopping them playing, working hard for each other and keeping our shape.
“It will be difficult for them to pick the ball up in key areas. If they want to play the ball around the back, that’s fine, they are not scoring from there.
“Once they progress into the middle third we will be all over them. They will have to be at their peak to play like that at Deepdale.”
With three of the next four matches at home, Maxwell wants a maximum points haul to put the club firmly in the Play-Off race.
“The end of the season is approaching, just 16 games are left. The three games in this next week or so are massive, there's the potential of nine points which could put us well and truly in the race.
“It is important that we all keep our heads and believe we are still fighting for something this season.
“It is certainly not dead by a long way. This isn’t the Premier League top six where every other game they are winning and unreachable.
“We just need to keep plugging along, keeping our momentum and picking points up which is important in this league and if we can turn a couple of those draws into wins it will be an interesting end to the season.”

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