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Chris Maxwell Looking Forward To Open Game

22 October 2018

Preston North End goalkeeper Chris Maxwell feels Wednesday night’s clash with Brentford will see two sides looking to impose their own style on the game.

The Lilywhites stopper spoke to iFollow PNE ahead of the visit of the Bees and feels that with a smooth transition to new manager Thomas Frank, the visitors will not have any problems in knowing what they are trying to achieve.
 
“Their transition is going to be fairly straight forward,” said the North End No.22. “It is not as if it is a new manager coming in based on a poor period or anything like that.
 
“Every team in the league knows what Brentford are about. They are a good footballing team, have some good players and are an exciting team to watch, but equally it is good for us if they come to us and try and play their own game.
“We will be right on the front foot and it will be interesting to see how that goes. Deepdale is a difficult place to come to and we will look to execute our game plan and come away with all three points.
“If you look at any league in the world, if there is one team attacking and one team defending and the team that is defending is organised and disciplined, it is tough to break them down, it doesn’t matter what level you play at. But when it is an open game and both teams are trying to win it, it provides an exciting game for the supporters and also gives both teams a chance to try and implement their style on the game.
 
“It is up to us to do that anyway, but make sure we stay solid at the back and deal with the threats they have.”
 
The team play Wednesday-Saturday this week, as opposed to the usual Tuesday midweek game, but Chris says this makes little difference as the team know what they are looking to achieve, regardless of when they play.
 
“It is one less day to prepare, but we have been long enough in the game to know how to do things right,” he continued. “The manager and the staff here are very good in terms of their preparation. It is not a problem for me or anyone else in the squad.
“It is about making sure we keep our unbeaten record intact. We start on Wednesday against a good Brentford team; hopefully we pick up all three points there and then we move on to Rotherham.
“There is a long way to go in the season yet. The boys are confident and the view from the dressing room is that we are on the up; we are certainly looking up the table and not down it and three points will start the week off well and we are focused on that.”
 
Hear more from the Welsh international custodian by clicking on the video link at the top of the page. We will have further previews on Tuesday from centre half Jordan Storey and manager Alex Neil.

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