Maxwell plays a patient game

29 Oct 2018 10:42


PNE goalkeeper Chris Maxwell has spoken of his battle to regain his place between the sticks for the Championship side.

The 28-year-old Welshmen made 31 appearances last season but began the new campaign on the bench with manage Alex Neil preferring Declan Rudd as his first-choice keeper.

However, Maxwell has returned to the side in recent games. In an interview for the club's programme he admitted it is hard sitting on the bench and trying to be patient.

He said: "To sit on the side-lines watching, not being able to contribute is obviously the worst feeling you can have as a player, but that's part and parcel of being a goalkeeper.

"Declan Rudd is a friend and a teammate, I know it is not a personal thing, it's a team thing.

"It's not about me, it's not abbot a certain individual, it's about a collective and I am equally the first one to be disappointed if we lose a game, equally I am right up there celebrating if we score a goal.

"The boys look after each other and, as has been said many times, we are a close-knit group."

He added: "We've been playing well in spells - the problem is - is that we've not had that slice of luck that maybe we would have gad at a different point in the year.

"I'm a firm believer that everything evens out over the course of the year and as I said last season, every team has a bad patch."


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