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Chris Maxwell: “A Chance To Ignite Our Season”

27 August 2018

Preston North End goalkeeper Chris Maxwell came into the side for the first round Carabao Cup tie against Morecambe and if given the chance again at Leeds United on Tuesday he feels it could be a great occasion.

The Welsh international stopper feels the clash with the Championship table-toppers at Elland Road is just what is needed for the Lilywhites squad and that the team must approach it with the right attitude.

Speaking to iFollow PNE the No.22 said: “The right attitude to have is seeing it as a chance to be involved on Saturday. Speaking for myself, I want to play every game that I possibly can, but I also want to go and enjoy the game.

“It will be a great occasion, away at Elland Road, a place I have enjoyed playing over the past couple of years – both personally and as a group – and it is chance to go and show what we are about.

“I am excited for it and looking forward to the game.”

It has been all change at Leeds this summer, with a new manager and even if they make changes – having made seven in their first round win over Bolton Wanderers – it is not likely to weaken their squad too much.

“It will be a good game,” continued Chris. “Their new manager has come in and given them a different way of playing and it should provide a good game. I think if we are right at it we can come away with a win and for the travelling fans it will hopefully be a good experience.

“If you look right across the board in the Championship, everybody’s squad is pretty strong.

“I think we are pretty lucky here, and that is a credit to the management and the recruitment staff, that we have competition in every position.

“I think that bodes well in terms of performances on the pitch and it gives a chance for the boys who haven’t had as many minutes as everyone else, to stake their claim for Saturday.”

And the Welshman feels that a good performance and a win could provide an important fillip that boosts the team ahead of the weekend’s local league derby against Bolton Wanderers.

“We went to Bournemouth a couple of years ago, after we had gone to Brentford and not got the result we wanted, and we went down there and won in extra time and it was a kick-start to our season.

“Hopefully we can do that again tomorrow night. It is a chance to ignite our season and I think we have got to take it,” he added.


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