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Penalty Save 'Icing On The Cake' For Maxwell

21 July 2018

Goalkeeper Chris Maxwell admitted his penalty save against West Ham United was the icing on the cake for him after an impressive display against the Premier League side.

The Lilywhites twice came from behind to deny the Hammers a victory, with North End having the better of the chances to win the game in the second half.

With the score at 2-1, the visitors were awarded a penalty and Mark Noble stepped up only to be denied by Maxwell, one of a number of key saves from the 'keeper.

Speaking after the final whistle, the 'keeper told iFollow PNE of his delight after getting 90 minutes under his belt and another pleasing display from the team.

"It was excellent, it was a great turnout for pre-season from the fans that turned up and we put on a show for them.

"They've gone very strong and so have we and it's turned out to be a great game."

On the penalty save, his fifth during his time at PNE, the 27-year-old continued: "It is one of those things that I really enjoy, it is a win, win for a 'keeper because you are not supposed to save penalties and when you do against quality opposition it's the icing on the cake.

"I'm really pleased, I really enjoy those moments and my record speaks for itself."

With the step up in quality of the opposition appararent at Deepdale, Maxwell feels these games are crucial in preparing players for the new season, particularly for goalkeepers with it being hard to replicate game situations in training.

"It's difficult, you have such a long lay off, thankfully I was away for half of it so it wasn't too bad but you want to get on the pitch and get some minutes.

"You can do all of your stuff in training but the games produce a different challenge for your decision making, when to come for crosses, interceptions, your distribution.

"Like today, it was a lot different compared to the last two games we've played, because we were sat off for the last two games because we were against lower league opposition.

"Today they were trying to lock us on and it was a different challenge for me but I'm really happy with the way it's gone today and looking forward to the next game."

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


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