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Maxwell: "We're In A Good Place"

13 October 2017

PNE goalkeeper Chris Maxwell feels the club is in a good place at the moment, and with just one defeat in the first 11 games, it's no surprise confidence is high at the moment.

North End are unbeaten in the last eight games and Maxwell feels North End are going about their business in the right way, playing attacking football while keeping it tight at the back.

Speaking to iFollow PNE ahead of Saturday's clash with Fulham, the 27-year-old said: "We are going to try and win games but we are trying to win games in the right way as well. You don't concede six goals in 11 games just from going gung-ho and try and win every game. We are trying to do it in the right manner which is a credit to everybody, not just myself or the back four, it's a credit to the whole team for working hard, the effort.

"We're in a really good place at the moment, we are really riding the wave and we've got a lot of momentum behind us and a lot of belief in this camp with one defeat in 11 games.

"It's been a couple of weeks of rest, we are all now looking forward to the game on Saturday and it can't come quick enough."

On this weekend's opposition, Maxwell knows what to expect from a side who were one of the most highly rated in the Championship last season, but feels the squad are positive ahead of the game and desperate to get back out on the pitch after the international break.

"In my opinion they were the best team we played against, home and away they were excellent, they were very good and they were dominant and I seem to remember they had a lot of chances and they took them when they had them.

"It's a tough place to go Craven Cottage, they've been a massive club for a vast amount of years and they've got some top quality players in there and some good young players coming through but on the flip side of it, so have we.

"We've got the best defensive record in the league, we're scoring goals, we're creating chances, we've got energy in abundance in the team and on top of all that we've got the character to go along with it.

"We are all really positive, we're all really excited for the game on Saturday, we're all determined talking about it, we just want to get out there on Saturday. It's been a long break for us and we're desperate to get out there and do our stuff."

During the international break, Maxwell was away with the Wales squad after receiving his first senior call up for his country, an experience the former Fleetwood Town man relished.

Speaking of his time with Chris Coleman's squad, he continued: "I was delighted, to be called up for your country is a massive thing for myself and being a lifelong Wales fan to be included in that group was a special occasion for myself and one I thrived from and one I have been working towards.

"It was excellent to be part of a team that was striving for World Cup qualification, unfortunately it didn't work out. Getting beaten in the last game was very disappointing for everyone involved but it was the first loss of the campaign for Wales as well which is even more gut-wrenching.

"On a personal note, it was an excellent week for myself, I promised everybody that I would go away and take away as much as I possibly could by learning through different mindsets and different ways of doing things and use it in a positive manner to come back here to Preston and I feel as though I've done that.

"I'm really looking forward to the game on Saturday now and really looking forward to spending time with the boys here and hopefully with a win on Saturday."

Watch the full interview with Maxwell on iFollow PNE by clicking on the video above.


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